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Graduate Mentor of the Year

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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 nomination deadline is 5:00 pm, Friday, March 10, 2023


1. Nomination Form completed by a current graduate student.

2. Letter from the nominator addressing the attributes listed above.

3. Two additional letters of recommendation, (a) one from a former or current student, and (b) one from the school director or faculty colleague.

  • Click Here for Graduate Mentor of the Year Nomination Form

The winner will receive a cash award and a commemorative plaque which will be presented at the 2023 Susan A. Siltanen Graduate Research Symposium awards luncheon on Thursday, April 6, 2023.

Questions about the award should be addressed to Shaadi.ShoubakiFREEMississippi.

We look forward to receiving your nominations!