UCLA Entering Mentoring Training Program











Effective mentoring is critical to the retention of students in STEM fields and has been linked to greater productivity, research independence, and career satisfaction. Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars commonly mentor more junior trainees and virtually all STEM careers have opportunities for mentoring.  However, in general, there is little formal mentor training in advanced degree programs.

Entering Mentoring Training is an 8-week curriculum based on the model: "Entering Mentoring: A Seminar to Train a New Generation of Scientists," by J. Handlesman et al. 2009, developed at the University of Wisconsin.

The goals of the mentoring training are to guide mentors to 1) understand “scientific teaching” and apply it in mentoring, 2) build relationship based on trust and respect with a mentee, 3) understand issues related to mentoring diverse students,  and 4) build community with other mentors.

The seminar is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the sciences and uses a student-centered, integrative approach. The next EMT Training will occur in Summer 2017. (Link to syllabus)

The Summer 2017 EMT RSVP survey is open. If you are interested in particpating please click here and complete the survey by May 22nd. All are encouraged to sign up however, senior graduate students and postdocs who currently mentor undergraduates will be given priority. Enrollment confirmations will be sent out the first week of June.


Program Director: Dr. Diana Azurdia, Associate Director of Graduate Programs in Bioscience
Email: dazurdia@mednet.ucla.edu


Lead Facilitator: Dr. Rachel Kennison, Associate Director, Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS)
Email: rkennison@ceils.ucla.edu

The program is supported by the Graduate Program in Biosciences, and has a partnership with Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) and the Undergraduate Research Center for the Sciences (URC-Sciences).  

Feel free to contact the Program Director or Lead Facilitator directly.