Facilitator Training (Facilitating Entering Mentoring)

Hosted by Bioscience Graduate Programs at UCLA in collaboration with the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER). During this “train-the-trainer” workshop participants are introduced to Entering Mentoring, a mentor training curriculum that addresses the following key topics: maintaining effective communication, aligning expectations, addressing equity and inclusion, articulating your mentoring plan, assessing understanding, fostering independence, and promoting professional development. Participants will learn evidence-based approaches to implementing this mentor training curriculum and gain the knowledge, confidence, and facilitation skills needed to design and implement the training in their departments and organizations.

A 2019 National Academies report The Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM recommends Entering Mentoring as one form of mentorship education that can help improve mentoring relationships.

We sincerely hope you will join us in building mentor training capacity in your units by becoming a facilitator!

Dates: To be determined

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Frequently Asked Questions

This two-day in person workshop will begin at 8:00 AM each day and end at 4:30 PM.

Each year it varies depending on available funding. Cost can be from $0-$1900 per participant.

Participants must be:

  • Faculty, instructors, staff, or administrators.
  • Working with mentors whose trainees are undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, or junior faculty.*
  • Committed to co-facilitating at least one research mentor training workshop within the next year.
  • Available to attend the entire training.

*Our workshop materials are currently optimized for use across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields. However, we have a UCLA Humanities adaption pilot version of the curricula available.

Facilitator training is offered once every 2 years. We anticipate the next offering will be hosted in summer of 2023.

  • The application opens 2 months before each program.
  • Applicants will be notified of the program admissions status 2-3 weeks before the program.
  • We recommend setting a hold on your calendar for the posted program times.
  1. First Priority will be given to faculty in the biomedical/life science fields who are directly mentoring trainees on federal training grants, and/or newly-appointed as junior faculty.
  2. Second Priority will be given to faculty in any discipline that applied previously but could not be admitted.
  3. Third Priority will be given to faculty in any discipline, ranked according to the criteria in #1.

Yes. See priorities list for who is chosen for the program.

All Research Faculty, Senior Research Scientist, or Administrators are welcomed.

  • Every participant in the program will receive a letter of recognition.
  • Graduate Programs in Bioscience (GPB) publicizes the cadre of facilitators on its website.

No. There are additional steps you need to complete to become certified with CIMER. Check out the CIMER certification process to learn more.

There are trainings offered at other institutions and through the CIMER organization. We encourage you to review upcoming CIMER public events for more information.


Please email our Program Director, Dr. Diana E. Azurdia at dazurdia@mednet.ucla.edu