Call for Nominations for the Graduate Mentor of the Year Award


The Graduate Mentor of the Year Award recognizes an exemplary faculty member for outstanding graduate student mentorship that produces successful graduates who display competence, confidence, professionalism, and independence. Mentorship characteristics that will be evaluated include:

  • Being accessible and approachable to their students while modeling professionalism
  • Setting and communicating clear expectations and holding students to high standards of performance
  • Providing guidance on students' research/creative projects and monitoring their academic progress
  • Encouraging and helping students establish their own records of scholarship or performance by supporting travel to professional meetings and conferences; submitting articles or creative works for publication or exhibition; encouraging networking with professional colleagues
  • Supporting students' professional development broadly

The winner will receive a travel award and a commemorative plaque which will be presented at the 2019 Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium awards luncheon on Thursday, April 11.

The electronic form with list of required documents can be found at this link:

All documents must be received electronically by uploading to the form.

Questions about this award should be directed by email to Desira Bailey at

The deadline to receive completed nominations is 5:00 P.M., Friday, February 22, 2019.