Excellence in Mentoring

The Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students Award recognizes full-time graduate faculty for outstanding and sustained guidance and support of students as they move through the process of becoming experts in their chosen fields. Nominees should have a clear and convincing history of successfully guiding the professional development of doctoral students, and they may have a distinguished record of supervising students who have gone on to make significant contributions to their fields.

The recipient of the Excellence in Mentoring Award will be recommended by a faculty committee. This award is presented at the spring semester Doctoral Hooding ceremony, and the award will include a modest honorarium.

Upcoming Award Cycle

Nomination materials should include:

  • Letter of nomination articulating the merits of the nominee's record
  • A listing of all former and current students, including the current positions of former students
  • Letters of support for the nomination from students and colleagues, including at least two letters from former students; letters must be signed and dated
  • Nominee's CV

A distinguished faculty committee will review the application materials using the following criteria:

  • Evidence of sustained and active mentoring of students over time
  • Professional productivity of students as reflected in student records of scholarly and creative works
  • Ability of the mentor to both intellectually challenge and support students
  • Evidence that the mentor supports students both professionally and personally in the classroom, laboratory and beyond
  • Evidence for high standards of scholarly, professional and personal ethics
  • Ability to encourage students to work toward independence as scholars and professionals
  • Evidence for helping students obtain the resources they need to succeed including help with placement following graduation

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