Mentorship Certification 2018-19 Cohort

Graduate College Mentorship Certification

Mentorship Certification 2019-2020 Cohort

The Graduate College Mentorship Certification (GCMC) 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.) Individualized Development Plan (IDP); 2.) Diversity Statement; and 3.) self-reflection of the mentoring process throughout the program duration. The GCMC 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 2019-2020 GCMC 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 begin accepting applications the week before the spring semester begins. There is no application fee. The application package consists of:

  • GCMC Application for Admission
  • Statement of Intent, which addresses 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.
  • CV/Resume

Eligible students must submit all application materials as a single PDF to the Graduate College Professional Development Academy at by Thursday, April 29, 2021. The subject line of the email should consist of: Your Last Name-Mentorship Certificate Application.

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 GCMC 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.
  • GCMC students must complete all components of the mentorship portfolio, which include:
    • Scholarly Diversity Statement
    • Individual Development Plan (first draft will be due during the fall semester)
    • 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 GCMC 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 GCMC Completion Form and the GCMC Workshop Attendance Form as a single packet by the final cohort meeting when the portfolios are presented.
  • Finally, GCMC 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

Program Policies

  • Students must apply and be admitted before they can begin participating in the GCMC.
  • 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 GCMC, 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 GCMC may be counted toward the program. All workshops that count towards the GCMC must be completed within one year (program duration).
  • Students may only get credit for GCMC 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, GCMC 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.
  • GCMC 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 GCMC 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

Fall 2020 Workshop Schedule

The below workshops will help fulfill the requirements for the Graduate College Teaching 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.

GCMC Calendar

Event Title Date Time Location
Guided Meditation: New Beginnings Tuesday, January 28, 2020 12:00pm
2nd Floor
Academic Mentoring of Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Junior Faculty Friday, January 31, 2020 4:00pm
Gather 1 & 2
How Identity in the Classroom Shapes the Learning Experience Thursday, February 6, 2020 9:00am
GTW 268 & 269
Sexual Harassment Prevention in Academia and Beyond Friday, February 7, 2020 12:00pm
Gather 1 & 2
Managing Conflicts or Concerns in Mentor-Mentee Relationships Wednesday, February 12, 2020 9:00am
Gather 1 & 2
Research Data Management (RDM) 101 Thursday, February 13, 2020 2:30pm
Pioche Room
Beyond Email: Relationships w/Students via Social Media Wednesday, February 19, 2020 2:30pm
Room 240 (Faculty Center Multi-Use Room)
Your Library Account: Research & Teaching Efficiency Wednesday, March 4, 2020 10:00am
Room 240 (Faculty Center Multi-Use Room)
Helping Mentees Cultivate Healthy Habits Monday, March 9, 2020 1:00pm
Gather 1 & 2
Introduction to GitHub Thursday, March 12, 2020 2:30pm
Pioche Room
Career Readiness Imperative:Connect Students to Careers Friday, March 13, 2020 1:00pm
Room 240 (Faculty Center Multi-Use Room)
CANCELED: Responding to Reviewer Comments Friday, March 27, 2020 1:00pm
Eureka Room
CANCELED: Copyright Considerations: What is your role? Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:00pm
Eureka Room (Room 1146)

Individual Development Plan

For both graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, an Individual Development Plan (IDP):

  • Promotes self-reflection
  • Assesses current strengths, skills, and interests
  • Helps you to plan for skills that you would like to develop in order to meet both academic and professional goals
  • Serves as an important communication tool between you and your advisors and mentors regarding your career goals and skills you possess and would like to learn

IDPs are a living document that you should revisit periodically to update and refine as your goals shift, and to record accomplishments and progress.

Academic and professional organizations around the country are beginning to use IDPs for both student training and career development. For example, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) now requires them as part of their annual reports for funded postdocs and graduate students.


The first draft of the IDP is due Monday, December 2, 2019. Please complete the Skills Assessment Guide first, followed by the Goal Development Guide.

There are 2 parts to this assignment:

  1. Graduate student mentor/mentee: We would like your mentee to fill out the self-assessment and goal development guides. Depending on the background of your mentee, you can adjust the two items as you both deem necessary. You will meet with your mentee to review and revise their IDP as needed and discuss their professional and career goals, as well as what you both would like to see in the mentorship relationship over the next year. Both you and the mentee need to sign each of the documents. For non-RAMP mentors, if you do not feel this assignment is applicable for your mentee, please email
  2. Primary advisor/graduate student mentor: The graduate student mentor will also complete both of the guides and set-up a meeting with their primary advisor/mentor to review and revise the IDP as needed. Both you and the primary advisor/mentor need to sign each of the documents.

Please submit both assignments as a a single PDF via email to

During the spring semester, you and your mentee will revise the documents as needed and submit an updated version to us as part of the mentorship portfolios (due by Wednesday, April 1, 2020).


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.