Leadership Training Program for Graduate Students & Postdoctoral Scholars


This series of full-day intensive retreats are designed to help trainees thrive in a research environment, deal with conflicts, and be effective leaders and team members. The topics have all been developed with a focus on research groups and the academic environment. The training will provide strategies for effective integration into a Ph.D. program, the lab, and the department, as well as, offering a forum for trainees to share experiences with peers and build community.

Certificate of Completion

A certificate of completion will be issued to participants 1-2 weeks after completion of the retreat.

Notice: Each retreat has a minimum and maximum number of participants. If the minimum isn’t reached the retreat might be canceled or postponed. Applying does not guarantee you’ll be invited to participate as space is limited.

These workshops are sponsored and hosted by UCLA Bioscience Graduate Programs & Postdoctoral Affairs.

Please note that we are still reorganizing our previous and new workshops into day-long retreats. If you don’t see a topic you were previously interested in, please check back in later.


Upcoming Leadership Training Retreats


Leadership Retreat – Emotional Intelligence and Communication

When: Monday, April 29, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM (Breakfast and Lunch provided)

Where: Hershey Hall 158 (Hershey Grand Salon)

RSVP by Fri. April 19 


Event Overview

Breakfast and Check-In (8:30 – 9:00 AM)
  • Introduction
  • Intrapersonal Communication

    • Managing Negative Self-Talk
    • Communication Styles
  • Interpersonal Communication

    • Feedback Communication
Lunch (12:00 – 1:00 PM)
  • Interpersonal Communication 
    • Conflict Management
  • Building Self-Confidence
  • Conclusion

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Must be able to attend the entirety of each session participated in.
  • Must complete a post-workshop evaluation survey.
  • Must be a UCLA graduate student or postdoctoral scholar.

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.

On the rare occasion that a retreat is over-enrolled, participants will be prioritized in the follow order:

  • First priority will be given to graduate students and postdocs who are in the biosciences.
  • Second priority will be given to graduate students and postdocs outside of biosciences disciplines.

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


If you have any questions please email our Program Representative, Malu Arreguin (mjarreguin@mednet.ucla.edu).