Mentorship Resources

Materials for Mentors and Mentees

Online Mentor Training Courses

  • The University of Minnesota Optimizing the Practice of Mentoring offers asynchronous online self-paced research mentor training. Content is organized into five modules that cover mentoring models, mentor roles and responsibilities, structure and dynamics of the mentoring relationship, and strategies for facilitating, and addressing challenges to, the mentoring process. (This course counts towards the refresher course requirement for GPB and MBI faculty.)
  • Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network offers online, synchronous mentor training for postdocs and graduate students as well as online discussion around topics in teaching and mentoring. If your institution is a member of the CIRTL Network (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning), your graduate students and postdocs can participate in these offerings.

Virtual Mentoring Programs

  • National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) connects scientists at all career stages of research for structured, virtual mentoring relationships which include guided discussion and training elements.
  • MentorNet connects STEM students & professionals and engages them in effective online mentoring partnerships over 16 week.

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Resources at UCLA

  • The Center for Education Innovation & Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) enhances student learning experiences in the Life and Physical Sciences at UCLA through programming and support for a collaborative community of instructors committed to advancing teaching excellence, assessment, diversity, and scholarship.
  • The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) is a nation-wide online network of 40+ universities that seek to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing evidence-based teaching practices for diverse learners.
    • The CIRTL@UCLA program supports the professional and career development of graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and current faculty who are engaged in teaching now, or who are considering academic careers.

For Students

  • Big Sib-Little Sib: Matches first-year medical students with other second, third and fourth-year medical students to strengthen the bond between classes.
  • Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUM): The Graduate-Undergraduate Mentorship Program (GUM) pairs undergraduate students with grad mentors for professional development.
  • G.R.I.T. Coaching: Enables graduate and undergraduate students to receive one-on-one support from trained peer mentoring coaches.
  • SEA CLEAR: Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention (SEA CLEAR) provides mentoring to Southeast Asian American students.

For Faculty 

  • UCLA’s Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Program seeks to recruit and retain underrepresented junior faculty who study aging by providing mentorship and mentorship training. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research houses the National RCMAR Coordinating Center, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). They serve as a resource for RCMAR center leaders, scientists, and staff, and support NIA’s overall goal of increasing the diversity of the aging research workforce. 
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Academic Mentoring (JAM): aims  to specifically meet the mentoring challenges of scholars with clinical and research backgrounds and careers who have navigated intersectional barriers associated with underrepresented or marginalized experiences. The program offers a fellowship that includes a one-year period of mentoring training with extensive coaching, networking, and mentoring opportunities aimed at expanding the professional development and retention of faculty with diverse experiences in academic medicine.

Central Campus

  • The Mentoring and Evaluation of Graduate Academic Progress (MEGAP) Report to the UCLA Graduate Council and UCLA Graduate Division, recommendations seek to foster greater graduate student success by creating formal resources on mentoring for faculty and students; incentivizing mentoring at the department/program level, where the  potential  benefits  reaped  from  effective mentoring will have the greatest structural impact; and mandating  annual opportunities for students to receive, and offer, thoughtful and  comprehensive feedback on their academic progress toward the Ph.D. degree.
  • UCLA Graduate Division’s Mentorship Office (coming soon) – a centralized office that is working towards adapting research mentorship initiative towards other disciplines on campus.

You can find a comprehensive list of resources on the CIMER website.