Mentorship Certification 2018-19 Cohort

Graduate Mentorship Certification

Mentorship Certification 2019-2020 Cohort

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.

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 GMC Cohort

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 2021-2022 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)
  • Students must submit the GMC Workshop Attendance Form at the end of each semester in order to receive credit for workshops attended during the respective semester. For the fall semester, the form should be submitted by study week. For the spring semester, the form should be submitted by the final cohort meeting when the teaching portfolios are presented. This form must be submitted even if no workshops were completed during the semester.
  • Students must submit the GMC Completion Form and the GMC Workshop Attendance Form as a single packet by the final cohort meeting when the portfolios are presented.
  • 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 Graduate College Faculty Fellow.
    • Portfolios need to be submitted by: Thursday, April 1, 2021
    • 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)

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 2020-2021 GMC cohort:

  • Introductory Meeting: Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Online
  • End of the Fall Semester Meeting: Friday, November 20, 2020, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Online
  • Start of the Spring Semester Meeting: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Online
  • Final Cohort Meeting: Friday, April 23, 2021, 9:00 a.m.– 10:30 a.m., Online

Spring 2021 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. A full list of Fall 2019 workshops can be found on the Graduate College Student Workshop Calendar.

GMC Calendar

Event Title Date Time Location
How to Run a Great Meeting Monday, February 1, 2021 12:00pm
Helping Mentees Cultivate Healthy Habits Tuesday, February 2, 2021 4:00pm
Goals Discovery Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:00pm
Gaining Control of Procrastination and Motivation Tuesday, February 16, 2021 1:00pm
Find Your Leadership Voice Monday, February 22, 2021 4:00pm
Academic Mentoring of Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Junior Faculty Wednesday, February 24, 2021 3:00pm
Difficult Conversations & Conflict Resolution Monday, March 1, 2021 12:00pm
GPSA Sponsorship Thursday, March 4, 2021 4:00pm
Ethics & Professionalism Monday, March 22, 2021 4:00pm
Managing Conflicts or Concerns in Mentor-Mentee Relationships Friday, March 26, 2021 11:00am

Workshop Summary Options

The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Graduate Mentorship Certification. To receive credit for a workshop, click on the workshop recording you would like to watch, write a 1-page summary, and submit the summary to Please be sure to include these workshops on the Workshop Attendance Form you will submit at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.

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 Tuesday, December 2, 2020.

  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

Program Forms

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.