Mentoring Up

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Mentoring Up 

This program develops the skills of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in navigating mentoring relationships with faculty. Students and scholars with positive mentoring relationships experience benefits to their well-being and achieve greater academic success. Program participants will receive mentoring resources to proactively manage their mentoring relationships, including tools to help clarify and articulate their goals, identify areas for additional mentorship, and increase confidence in research.

The program consists of six sessions which mentees participate in as a cohort. These sessions will provide open dialogues around mentorship as well as a community of support. The sessions will include participants from across disciplines. A current graduate student and postdoctoral scholar will co-facilitate the program with the Director of Mentoring. Participants who attend the sessions receive a Mentoring Up certificate.

  • Mentoring Up
  • Aligning Expectations
  • Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Developing Research Self-Efficacy
  • Building a Mentorship Network
  • Mentoring Up Practicum
Program Dates & Application

The program will be offered again Spring Quarter 2024 with the College of Engineering. 


Participants must be a currently enrolled graduate student or employed postdoctoral scholar. 

About the Initiative

The Mentoring Up Initiative served to create a mentee program to complement our faculty mentoring program (Graduate Mentoring Initiative). In close consultation with an advisory board, we developed a training program for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars across disciplines on managing mentoring relationships as mentees. The advisory board consisted of graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty. The Advisory Board created the curriculum for Mentoring Up and oversaw its development through a pilot phase and into annual implementation.