Mentoring Award

We invite all GSAS students to nominate their professors and advisors to receive this unique honor. Awards will be presented annually to one or more faculty members on the basis of nominations from GSAS students. Nominations are judged by the selection committee to be prime examples of what it means to truly serve as a mentor. In addition to honoring individual faculty members for their concerns for students, it is the hope of the Council that these mentors will serve as models for the entire Faculty.

The GSC received a 1999 Program Award from the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students in recognition of the Excellence in Mentoring Awards. See the presentation made by the GSC during the recognition ceremony.

For more information and nomination instructions, visit the Documents page of our Engage site and find the PDF called "GSC | Everett Mendelsohn Award for Excellence in Mentorship Info."


A fulfilling graduate education and successful professional and career development depends critically on the mentoring relationships students can form, especially but not solely with their thesis supervisor. Your nomination of a faculty member for an excellence in mentoring award should describe how the mentor has been outstanding in supporting, encouraging and promoting your research education, professional and personal development, and career as well as those of other students. Try to give specific examples and stories. The sole criterion for the awards is excellence in mentoring; the following are just some of the qualities which can contribute to good mentoring, and which you should look for in a mentor (in no particular order of importance, and a nominee need not have all these qualities):

  • advisor / guide in research
  • organizer of an effective environment for research and scholarship
  • developer of talents: research skills, teaching ability, presentations, writing, preparation of grant and fellowship applications, etc.
  • sponsor for students in the academic / professional community and elsewhere
  • advocate and guide in administrative, organizational and professional matters
  • successful role model
  • "friend": concern for students as people and support of their personal development
  • long-term commitment to mentoring (including changing their role as each student develops during graduate school)


The faculty nominee must have mentored one or more GSAS students.
The nominator must have been mentored by the nominee (although it is not necessary that the nominee be the nominee's principal research advisor).
All nominations will be kept strictly confidential.