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Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award

Award Description:

There is broad consensus that mentoring is key to graduate student success. This award recognizes faculty adept within the broad spectrum of activities that makes up graduate mentoring. Exemplary graduate mentoring supports the advancement of students as scholars, teachers, and professionals, and requires significant time and skill.

 The following list (based on a model from the Duke University Graduate School) describes aspects of mentoring frequently associated with exemplary graduate mentors.

Mentors who support the advancement of students as Scholars:

Mentors who support the advancement of students as Teachers:

 Mentors who support the advancement of students’ Professional Development:

This award, which carries $2,000, is made possible through partnership and support from the A&S Graduate Studies Advisory Board, the Provost, the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate and Professional Studies, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The Graduate Student Association was instrumental in initiating this award.


Award Eligibility:

Any faculty member who directly mentors graduate students in A&S is elible to be nominated. 


Nomination Process:

Any graduate student in A&S can nominate a member of the faculty who routinely directs graduate research and/or serves as an exemplary mentor in capacities beyond directing thesis and dissertation research. Nominations are due by email, February 1, 2018.


Nomination Materials:

o   More than two letters from individual students/recent alumni will enhance the nomination package. Individual letters will carry greater weight than a single letter signed by multiple students.

o   Letters should offer specific examples of exceptional mentoring and the impact of that mentoring on the student.


Review Process:

All nomination materials should be submitted by email to the director of the Graduate Center ( by the nominating student as a single PDF by 5 p.m. on the due date, February 1. Members of the Graduate Student Association will review all nominations. The GSA will recommend no more than three unranked nominations to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for final review and selection.


The award carries $2,000, with the funds applied as either research support for the following year or as a cash award. The award will be presented by the President of the GSA at the April Faculty of Arts & Sciences Meeting, the final meeting of the academic year.



Questions, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to Sarah Glosson, Director, A&S Graduate Center (; 221-1876).