Mentorship Certification 2018-19 Cohort

Graduate Mentorship Certification

The Graduate Mentorship Certification (GMC) is a free, year-long professional development program that provides graduate students with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively be mentored and serve as a mentor in higher education settings. Once accepted into the program, participants must attend all mandatory cohort meetings, serve as a mentor in some capacity throughout participation in the program, complete a minimum of 5 approved campus workshops, and then complete mentorship portfolio. The mentorship portfolio is comprised of 3 parts: 1.) Strengths Assessment self-reflection; 2.) Diversity Statement; and 3.) self-reflection of the mentoring process throughout the program duration. The GMC workshops are designed to foster intellectual discussion of ethical issues in mentoring, as well as to provide insight and training on best mentoring practices.

This is a medallion-qualifying program for UNLV graduate & professional students. For additional information, please see the Graduate College Medallion Program website.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to participate in the program, graduate students must:

  • have completed at least one semester of graduate studies at UNLV by program start date.
  • currently be enrolled.
  • be in good academic standing in a graduate degree program.

Application Process

Applications are only accepted once a year. We will accept applications between March 5 and June 1. There is no application fee

The 2022-2023 Online Graduate Mentorship Certification Application can be found on the Grad Rebel Gateway. Please log in to the Grad Rebel Gateway and click on The Grad Academy tab to apply. 

Please be prepared to provide the following information when completing your Graduate Mentorship Certification Application:

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of Interest
    • The Letter of Interest should address the following question: Why do you believe that gaining skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective mentor will help you obtain your professional and career goals? Please limit the response to a single page.
  • Endorser Name
    • You will identify the name and email address of a faculty member. They will receive a form to endorse your participation in the program.

Program Requirements

All program requirements need to be completed in full by the student in order to complete the program, receive a certificate of completion, and have the GMC completion noted on their UNLV transcript.

  • Once accepted into the program, participants are expected to serve as a mentor in some capacity. This could include, but is not limited to, being a mentor to a graduate student from a more recent cohort; an undergraduate student; or an individual affiliated with a club/organization/religious institution that participants are members of.
  • Students must attend all cohort meetings, which include: (1) an introductory meeting in August; (2) a meeting at the end of the Fall semester; (3) a meeting at the beginning of the spring semester; and (4) a meeting at the end of the academic year. Please note that students will be put on program probation after one cohort meeting absence and the second absence may lead to program separation.
  • Students must attend a minimum of 5 workshops that are regularly scheduled in the fall and spring terms.
  • GMC students must complete all components of the mentorship portfolio, which include:
    • Scholarly Diversity Statement
    • Strengths Assessment Self-Reflection (additional information below)
    • Self-reflection of the mentorship process during the program duration (e.g., what the mentor did; how the mentorship improved over the year; and how it benefited the mentee)
  •  Finally, GMC students must submit their mentorship portfolios at the end of the spring semester (typically a meeting is held towards the end of April/ early May). They will provide feedback on another program participant’s portfolio. In addition, they will also receive written feedback from a program participant as well as general feedback from a faculty member.
    • Portfolios need to be submitted by: Friday, April 1, 2022
    • Written evaluation of another program participant’s portfolio needs to be submitted at the final meeting
    • Scholarly Diversity Statement & Self-Reflection Example (Remember, you will also need to add the Strengths Assessment Self-Reflection to your final Portfolio)
  • GMC requirements will be submitted through the Graduate Mentorship Certification Canvas Course. Participants will be added to the course in August.

Program Policies

  • Students must apply and be admitted before they can begin participating in the GMC.
  • Once admitted, students must complete all program requirements in one academic year with their cohort.
  • All cohort meetings are mandatory.
  • If a student is not in good standing in their degree program, or if they create any problems as a participant in the GMC, they may be removed from the program at the discretion of the graduate college dean.
  • Please note that students may only participate in 2 of the following Graduate College programs during the academic year:
    • Post-Graduate Career Pathways
    • Teaching Certification
    • Research Certification
    • Mentorship Certification/Rebel Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP)
    • Communication Certification

Workshop Policies

  • These workshops are free.
  • No campus workshops or courses taken prior to admission to the GMC may be counted toward the program. All workshops that count towards the GMC must be completed within one year (program duration).
  • Students may only get credit for GMC workshops that they RSVP for at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Only workshops or courses that are successfully completed in full will count toward the program. To successfully complete a session, GMC students must arrive on time, stay for the entire session, and be awake and engaged throughout the workshop. Any assigned work must be completed by the deadline.
  • GMC workshops carry no academic credit and do not appear on student transcripts.

Cohort Meetings

All cohort meetings are mandatory unless you have a documented excuse that has been approved. If you miss a cohort meeting, without prior permission, you may be removed from the program.

Below are the meeting dates and times for the 2021-2022 GMC cohort:

  • Introductory Meeting: Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Start of the Spring Semester Meeting: Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Wednesday, April 20, 2022, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Spring 2022 Workshop Schedule

The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Graduate Mentorship Certification. You must RSVP for all workshops at least 24 hours in advance. To RSVP, please click on the workshop below. This will send you to the calendar entry page, which has the RSVP information. 

Event Title Date Time Location
How to Write a Conference Proposal: Advice on Finding Calls, Writing an Abstract, and Submitting your Scholarship Friday, February 4, 2022 12:00pm
GC: Professionalism 101 Monday, February 7, 2022 4:00pm
GC: Managing Conflicts or Concerns in Mentor-Mentee Wednesday, February 9, 2022 4:00pm
Time Management Wednesday, February 16, 2022 4:00pm
GC: Difficult Conversations & Conflict Resolution Wednesday, February 23, 2022 5:00pm
Resume or Curriculum Vitae: How to Create Them and When to Use Them Monday, February 28, 2022 4:00pm
GC: Non-Academic Interviewing Strategies Tuesday, March 8, 2022 4:30pm
Difficult Conversations: How They Can Be Less Painful and More Productive Tuesday, March 22, 2022 2:30pm
Amargosa Room
GC: Implicit Bias Training for Leaders Monday, March 28, 2022 4:00pm
CANCELED: GC: Find your Leadership Voice Wednesday, March 30, 2022 4:30pm
GC: Preparing for Life Post-Graduate School: Exploring Non-Academic Career Pathways and Translating Your Skill-set to Prospective Employers Wednesday, April 13, 2022 1:00pm
How to Find a Postdoctoral Scholar Position that is Right for you Friday, April 29, 2022 10:00am

Workshop Summary Options

Tuesday Talks: Your Questions Answered

The Graduate College will be hosting Tuesday Talks: Your Questions Answered for current The Grad Academy program participants. Please drop by on any of the following Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., to ask us any questions you might have or just to check your progress:

Strengths Assessment

Research shows that knowing and using your strengths:

  • Promotes self-reflection
  • Accelerates growth and development
  • Leads to higher career engagement 

This assignment is due by Friday, December 10, 2021.

  1. Visit this page and take your strengths assessment. 
  2. Save a copy of your results
  3. Write and submit a 1-2 double spaced page self-reflection
    1. Was there any part of your results that you already knew about yourself?
    2. Did you learn something new about yourself?
    3. How can knowing your strengths benefit your student and professional career?
  4. Submit your assessment results and self-reflection to

Mentorship Resources for Graduate Students

Past Cohorts

Participating in Multiple Programs

Students are allowed to participate in multiple programs each academic year. However, the requirements for each program must be completed in full. We will allow one workshop to overlap for multiple programs if: 1.) there is justification that the workshop makes sense for multiple programs; and 2.) the student has asked the program manager in advance.