Distinguished Mentor Award

2017 Distinguished Mentor Awards

Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Mentor Award

The Graduate School established the Distinguished Mentor Award in 2006 to honor and encourage the considerable efforts and accomplishments of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The Distinguished Mentor Award is for faculty from any discipline.

The award recognizes faculty who stand out for effectively guiding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars throughout their professional training in a continuing, multifaceted partnership sustained by mutual respect and concern. In addition, the award recognizes faculty who make a broad impact on mentorship by facilitating communities or building infrastructure for mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

To honor those who have distinguished themselves as mentors, we seek nominations of faculty who have demonstrated excellent mentorship in multiple ways that may include:

  • Providing intellectual leadership. Models a record of excellence in research and/or creative work, teaching skills, research and artistic presentation and publication; ensures that students and postdoctoral scholars master the content and skills of their discipline; clearly articulates expectations and holds students and postdoctoral scholars to high standards.
  • Creating a supportive environment for research, scholarship and/or artistic production; respects student and postdoctoral scholar goals and assists them in goal attainment; provides students and postdoctoral scholars (potentially even those outside of their “own group”) with the resources necessary to take full advantage of institutional, academic and professional opportunities (publications, conferences, networking, etc.).
  • Promoting successful and timely completion of students’ degree programs and postdoctoral scholar projects, proactive and effective in student and postdoctoral scholar posttraining placement.
  • Acting as advocates for students and postdoctoral scholars individually or collectively; helping them overcome problems, discord, or barriers.
  • Integrating students and/or postdoctoral scholars into the broader culture of the discipline.
  • Promoting/participating in mentorship that supports diversity and inclusiveness.
  • Demonstrating leadership and initiative at the program level to improve mentorship access and quality for graduate students and postdocs. Facilitates a mentorship community, whether formal or informal, that enhances or expands mentorship opportunities.

Recipients of The Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Distinguished Mentor Award will receive an award of $2,500. Up to three awards will be made in 2018.

GUIDELINES

Eligibility

Nominees must be faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to the mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Nominators may recognize the many forms that mentorship can take. We encourage nomination of women, faculty of color, and members of other groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines.

Nomination procedure

Nominations may be submitted by current and former graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty.

The nominations should be addressed to:

Distinguished Mentor Award
The Graduate School
302 Park Building
201 S Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Nominations should include the following:

  1. Nominating letter (3 pages maximum) addressing the criteria in this announcement.
  2. Current curriculum vitae for nominee (shorten to 5 pages maximum). The CV should include material that addresses the mentor criteria, including a list of past graduate students/postdoctoral scholars with their placement/position upon leaving the University of Utah.
  3. At least three but not more than five additional letters of support from colleagues and former students and postdoctoral scholars.
  4. A letter from the department chair or dean supporting and evaluating the nomination.

Selection Process

Nominations will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee composed of faculty (including past recipients of the Distinguished Mentor Award, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students. Awardees will be selected by the Dean of The Graduate School based upon recommendations of this committee.

Deadline

The nomination deadline for the 2018 Distinguished Mentor Award is February 14, 2018.