On behalf of the Bioscience Graduate Programs at UCLA, in collaboration with the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER), it is our pleasure to invite you to participate in Facilitating Entering Mentoring, a 6-session online facilitator training workshop designed to increase the capacity for research mentor training offered at colleges and universities, research institutes, and governmental organizations. The 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.


The need for increased research mentor training opportunities emerged from increased campus, UC, and national attention to graduate student academic success and the subsequent progression of students into increasingly varied careers. A growing body of literature has demonstrated that engaged mentoring, consistent departmental evaluation, and timely feedback to graduate students about their degree progress-coupled with proactive engagement by students in the mentoring relationship-contribute to student success and to a culture of excellence in the department. It is our view that excellence in mentoring leads to a virtuous cycle of enhancing mentoring over time as generations of trainees learn best practices. We sincerely hope you will join us in building mentor training capacity in your units by becoming a facilitator! 


Workshop Overview:

During this 6-session online “train-the-trainer” workshop from August 30-September 3, 2021 (full schedule below), participants are introduced to Entering Mentoring, a mentor training curriculum that addresses the following key topics: aligning expectations, addressing equity and inclusion, articulating your mentoring philosophy and plan, assessing understanding, cultivating ethical behavior, enhancing work-life integration, fostering independence, maintaining effective communication, promoting mentee research/scholarship self-efficacy, and promoting professional development. Participants will learn evidence-based approaches to implementing research mentor training and gain the knowledge, confidence, and facilitation skills needed to design and implement training at their institution or organization.  


Workshop Costs:

Registration fees for this event are subsidized by UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.



 Participants are…

1. Faculty, instructors, staff, or administrators.

2. Working with mentors whose trainees are undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, or junior faculty. Our workshop materials are currently optimized for use across science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine fields. However, we are currently working on an adaptation for Humanities.

3. Committed to co-facilitating at least one research mentor training workshop within the next year.

4. Available to attend all 6 sessions.


Application Details:

If you are interested in this training opportunity, please apply by completing the following google form: https://forms.gle/oL1Xd4itbXX5giU79 

As part of the application, you will need to upload a professional photo or headshot as well as a brief bio (max 250 words) describing your title, research focus, mentoring experience, and interest in facilitating mentor training. If accepted, this information will be shared with other participants.


The deadline to apply is August 16. Enrollment for this workshop is limited to 24 participants. Confirmation emails will be sent via email on a rolling basis up to August 23.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Diana Azurdia at: DAzurdia@mednet.ucla.edu 



Diana Azurdia, Ph.D.

Director for Recruitment and Inclusion, Graduate Programs in Bioscience, UCLA

Master Facilitator, National Research Mentoring Network & Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research


Gregory S. Payne, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Bioscience Graduate Education, School of Medicine

Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Life Sciences

Director, Graduate Programs in Bioscience (GPB)


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