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Mentoring at Critical Transitions (MCT) Seminar Series

About the MCT Seminar Series

MCT seminars provide Davis faculty, who are already experts in their respective academic disciplines, with the professional development tools necessary for them to focus on educational milestones, measures of student success, time to degree, building and sustaining inclusive environments, and redefining modes of mentoring and advising that are instrumental to graduate student success. Faculty participating in MCT seminars learn valuable and timely information drawn from recent research on each of the three critical transitions—as well as best practices in mentoring, both generally and with regard to specific disciplinary and demographic groups. The MCT Program recognizes and promotes the principle that to achieve quality, excellence, and diversity in our graduate student and faculty ranks, all members of the graduate community must actively participate in mentoring efforts with the level of competence required for the task.

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2017-2018 Events

Topic Date and Time Location Register
Defining Good Graduate Mentorship: An Exploration of Perspectives November 8, 2017 | 12:00 pm  Memorial Union - Garrison Room Download the Seminar Notes 

The Mentee Perspective: A Graduate Student Panel Discussion on Faculty-Student Mentoring

January 10, 2018 | 12:00 pm Memorial Union - Garrison Room


Enhancing Effective Mentorship: Discussion of Evidence-Based Mentoring Practices

January 23, 2018 | 9:00 am Student Community Center - Multi-Purpose Room  

This Is Your Mind on Grad School: Supporting Mental Health in Graduate Students

February 14, 2018 | 12:00 pm Memorial Union - Garrison Room  

Equity and Inclusion in Graduate Student Mentoring

March 14, 2018 | 12:00 pm Memorial Union - Garrison Room  

The Seven Secrets of Mentoring Highly Successful Graduate Students

May 16, 2018 | 12:00 pm Activities & Recreation Center Ballroom B Download the Seminar Materials


Event FAQs

  • How do events count toward eligibility for the MCT Wakeham Fellowship?
  • To be eligible to apply, faculty mentors must attend at least three of the five MCT workshops or panels offered during the 2017-2017 academic year.
  • Can I send a colleague or graduate student mentee to an MCT event in my place?
  • No. Attendance by faculty colleagues or graduate student mentees, in lieu of the faculty mentor 's attendance, will not count toward MCT Wakeham Fellowship eligibility. Each faculty mentor must attend in person.
  • I serve as a faculty member for a program that is not under the purview of Graduate Studies (such as an undergraduate program or professional program). Can I attend the seminar series and become eligible for the fellowship?
  • While all UC Davis faculty and staff are welcome to attend the seminars, only faculty who mentor students in programs within Graduate Studies' authority are eligible for the MCT Wakeham Fellowship.
  • Can listening to a podcast or recording of an MCT seminar count toward my eligibility?
  • No. In order to be eligible for the MCT Wakeham Fellowship, you must attend at least three events in person.
  • Can I bring or invite my student mentee to a seminar?
  • The MCT Seminar Series was designed primarily for faculty mentors. If a speaker or topic may be valuable to students, we will encourage faculty members to bring their mentees or send out a separate invitation to graduate students.
  • I missed the event!  Is there a recording?
  • A number of our events are available as podcasts. Please click here to view the list of recorded seminars.
  • Where can I find out more about the MCT Wakeham Fellowship?
  • Please visit our fellowship page for eligibility criteria, proposal outlines, and information on past recipients.