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 a 10-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


If you are interested in participating in the Spring 2020 offering, please complete the following survey: 


The syllabus is below:

Draft of the Spring 2020 Syllabus 

Program Director:

Diana Azurdia, Ph.D.
Director for Recruitment and Inclusion, Graduate Programs in Bioscience
Master Facilitator, National Research Mentoring Network
Email: dazurdia@mednet.ucla.edu

The program is supported by the Graduate Program in Biosciences.  


Feel free to contact the Program Director directly.