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Entering Mentoring Training is a 10-week spring course 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…

  • Understand “scientific teaching” and apply it in mentoring,
  • Build relationships based on trust and respect with a mentee,
  • Work towards developing cultural awareness,
  • and, Build community with other mentors.


Encouraged for 2nd year and beyond graduate students who are mentoring undergraduates in research. 

Dates: Winter Quarter, Wednesdays, Jan 10-Mar 13, 4:00-5:30 pm, On campus (Participants must be able to attend at least 9 of 10 sessions.)

Application Period: The application period for winter 2024 is closed. Participation confirmations will be sent soon after. For those seeking to take this course for credit, you must apply and receive confirmation before receiving a PTE to enroll. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • You must have completed one full school year of graduate school.
  • You must be available to attend at least 9 out of the 10 scheduled sessions.

Yes. See priorities list for who is chosen for the course. There are also postdoc specific trainings that you can attend.

Yes. See priorities list below for who is chosen for the course.

Yes, it counts for 1 credit on your transcript. We will issue you a PTE so that you may enroll.

No, enrolling is optional. If you are interested in receiving course credit, we will issue you a PTE so that you may enroll.

The application for the Winter course goes live in September and confirmations for participation are sent out early to mid-December.

  1. First Priority will be given to bioscience graduate students who are currently mentoring undergraduate students.
  2. Second Priority will go to graduate students of any discipline who are closer to graduating.
  3. Third Priority will go to postdocs who are mentoring graduate and/or undergraduate students.

Everyone that takes part in the program and attends the required number of sessions will receive a letter of recognition that will list how many hours they completed and which modules they participated in.

Other Offerings

If you would like to explore other offerings for Graduate Students and Postdocs, we recommend exploring our offerings on the “Grad School Hacks” and the “Leadership Training” pages of our website.


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