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Graduate Mentor of the Year

The Graduate School is now accepting nominations for the 2021 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 be recognized at the 2021 Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 9.

In addition to completing the form, nominators should be prepared to upload the following documents:

  • One letter from the nominator addressing the above characteristics
  • One additional letter of recommendation from another current or former graduate student
  • One letter of recommendation from the school director or other faculty member


Contact Tracy Barnhill at Tracy.BarnhillFREEMississippi with any questions.

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