Graduate Division

Mentoring Excellence

Section 1

Certificate Overview

Effective mentoring is a crucial part of the academic experience. Mentors provide support and connect students to academic and campus resources to aid in the students’ success. The Mentoring Excellence Program (MEP) is a 6-week certificate program intended for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars interested in becoming a mentor or seek to enhance their mentoring skills.

The program cultivates a qualified pool of trained mentors to support students in campus-wide initiatives including Competitive Edge, Graduate InterConnect, DECADE PLUS and the Summer Research Program. Trained mentors obtain a skill set sought after in the career marketplace both inside and outside of academia.

What You'll Learn

In this series participants will learn: 

  • Understand strategies and techniques for effective mentoring
  • Gain familiarity with relevant campus resources
  • Develop a personalized mentoring philosophy and mentoring plan
  • Mentoring students from diverse backgrounds 
  • Conflict resolution in mentoring 

Who Should Apply

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars form all disciplines and levels. *Due to the high volume of applicants, priority is given to students who are on the waitlist and students training to be peer mentors for Graduate Division's mentoring programs. 

Certificate Requirements

The Mentoring Excellence Program is offered quarterly to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Participants must attend all sessions in their entirety and submit a Mentoring Guide to receive a Certificate of Completion.

Course Schedule

Winter 2021: Every Thursday, from 1 pm - 2 pm via Zoom. 

Dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 4, 11

Date Session Topic
Feb. 4, 2021 Building a Mentoring Relationship
Feb. 11, 2021 Communication & Interpersonal Relationships
Feb. 18, 2021 Resilience and Balancing Academic Wellness (*moved from 3/4 to 2/18)
Feb. 25, 2021 Mentoring Across Differences
March 4, 2021 Conflict Resolution
March 11, 2021 Graduate Peer Mentors Panel 

How to Apply

Complete the MEP Interest Form


For more information, contact Annabel Ortiz, Professional Development Programs Coordinator, at