Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I nominate someone for an award?

If a faculty member has mentored you and made your graduate school experience academically and personally rewarding and fulfilling the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences would like to recognize these efforts that often go unnoticed.

How do I nominate someone for an award?

Please use this form to nominate faculty for the Mentoring Award.

What should I include in the nomination statement?

The contents of the nomination statement are left up to you, so that you can describe how the nominee has contributed to your graduate school experience in whichever way is appropriate for you. Some qualities and characteristics you may want to consider are listed here. You are encouraged to share stories and anecdotes and to be as specific as possible.

How long should my statement of nomination be?

No more than 500 words. A paragraph may be sufficient, while several pages may be excessive. The committee will be guided by the content of your statement, not by its length.

What about soliciting additional letters of support?

You are welcome to ask two other students or alumni to write additional letters of support of your nomination, although you are by no means expected to do so. If students other than you nominate the same person then he/she may have more than three letters of support.

Does my mentoring nominee have to be my academic or primary research advisor?

No, students experience mentoring relationships with many faculty members, including committee members, course instructors, and others. You can nominate anyone you believe has served as a mentor to you.

My mentor is not tenured. Can I still nominate him/her?

Yes. The awards are designed to recognize faculty for teaching and mentoring GSAS students in the context of their academic program, regardless of appointment status.

Can I submit more than one nomination?

Yes, you can submit as many nominations as you wish, but bear in mind that only one award will be given each year.

How will the recipient be selected?

Recommendations will be made by a committee composed of one member of the Graduate School Council, one member of the Committee for the Support of Teaching, two graduate students and the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  The final selection will be made by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

How will the recipient be recognized?

The winner will receive a cash award of $1000.

Whom should I contact if I have questions, suggestions, or concerns?

Contact: Brooke H. Ball, 6-3407