A Message from Vice Provost and Dean Jean-Pierre Delplanque


Portrait of JP Delplanque

At UC Davis, we believe that mentorship is a priceless investment in student and institutional success.

That is why faculty-graduate student mentoring is one of the division's top priorities. Faculty mentors guide graduate students on their academic and professional growth and support them in finding resources to meet their personal needs and goals. An investment in mentoring enhances graduate student retention and well-being, allowing graduate students to successfully navigate and thrive in graduate programs.

Our Commitment to Mentoring

Graduate Studies has invested in a number of initiatives that promote graduate mentoring, graduate student well-being, and graduate program mentoring and advising.

  • Graduate Mentoring Initiative 
  • Mentoring Up
  • Faculty Academy of Graduate Student Well-Being
  • Graduate Program Collective
  • Mentor Resources
  • Mentee Resources

Contact our Director of Mentoring and Academic Success Initiatives 

Elizabeth Sturdy is the point person within Graduate Studies for questions related to graduate mentoring initiatives, resources, and programming. Faculty, staff, and graduate students can consult with Sturdy regarding mentoring best practices or tools. Sturdy also partners with academic and student service departments on campus to create resources for faculty mentor training and development.