Mentoring

Graduate Education is committed to the improvement of research mentoring relationships for mentees and mentors throughout their journey at UCLA and beyond. Our mentoring initiatives are guided by evidence-based and culturally-responsive best practices, including curricula developed by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER).

Furthermore, our mentoring initiatives are in direct response to the informed and insightful recommendations made by UCLA faculty, staff, and students who were members of the Mentoring and Evaluation of Graduate Academic Progress (MEGAP) workgroup. This workgroup was co-charged by the UCLA Graduate Council and UCLA Division of Graduate Education in 2016-2017 to address the evaluation of graduate student academic progress and the role of mentoring in enhancing student experiences and success. MEGAP’s charge was to develop recommendations, best practices, and tools that departments can use to apply the principles articulated in the UCLA Graduate Student Academic Rights and Responsibilities statement.

Faculty

Our mentoring services include:

Guidance on NSF Mentoring Requirements for New Proposals (Updated for 2024)
The National Science Foundation has introduced new guidelines to the Recipient Standards (Chapter IX) of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG).

Mentor Training for Faculty:
Through this initiative, faculty can enhance their current mentoring practices by integrating evidence-based approaches to research mentoring and engaging in a platform with other faculty to address dilemmas. This training is grounded in the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER) curriculum.

Division of Graduate Education (DGE) Faculty Mentoring Award
DGE seeks to honor outstanding full-time faculty who have demonstrated exemplary mentorship and commitment to students and postdoctoral success.

Annual Progress Assessment
The Annual Progress Assessment consists of both a student self-appraisal and a written faculty appraisal which serves as an important tool to foster communication between faculty and students. At its core, the APA is meant to benefit both students and faculty by ensuring clear communication, the aligning of expectations, and accountability for meeting these expectations.

Department Consultations:
We consult with department/division leadership to discuss customized approaches for implementing these initiatives or brainstorm new programs suited to your department’s needs.

Resource Library
The resource library provides support materials for both mentors and mentees, aiding in their mentorship journey with diverse resources and guidance.

Students

Our mentoring services include:

“Mentoring Up” Training: (coming soon)
Through this initiative, graduate students are empowered to proactively engage in their mentorship experience with faculty and take ownership of their academic journey.

Mentor Training for Graduate Students: (coming soon)
Enrollment in this credit bearing mentoring course enables graduate students to become more effective mentors, whether their mentees are their fellow peers or undergraduate students in research settings.

Division of Graduate Education (DGE) Faculty Mentoring Award
DGE seeks to honor outstanding full-time faculty who have demonstrated exemplary mentorship and commitment to students and postdoctoral success.

Annual Progress Assessment
The Annual Progress Assessment consists of both a student self-appraisal and a written faculty appraisal which serves as an important tool to foster communication between faculty and students. At its core, the APA is meant to benefit both students and faculty by ensuring clear communication, the aligning of expectations, and accountability for meeting these expectations.

Resource Library
The resource library provides support materials for both mentors and mentees, aiding in their mentorship journey with diverse resources and guidance.


For inquiries, please contact:

Jenny J. Lee, Director of Mentoring Initiatives, jlee@grad.ucla.edu

Kate Aquino, Mentoring Initiatives Officer, kaquino@grad.ucla.edu.