Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship in Graduate Studies

This award recognizes outstanding mentorship of graduate students. Mentorship includes fostering the academic and professional development of students. This award recognizes that strong mentorship is an essential component of strong graduate programs. In recognizing outstanding mentorship, the Graduate School hopes to reinforce and highlight practices that enhance the overall quality of graduate education at the University of Oregon.

The Award: One award will be made. The award recipient will receive a plaque commemorating the award and a $500 research/travel award to be granted to a UO graduate student they mentor. The award recipient will be recognized at the Distinguished Teaching and Research Faculty Excellence Awards ceremony.  

Eligibility and Nomination Process: Eligible recipients include tenure-track and non-tenure track faculty at the University of Oregon.

Nominations may come from graduate students, faculty members, department heads, school/college deans, or department/college staff members relevant to graduate programs. Nominations must be submitted as a single pdf by the deadline stated below and must include:

  • A letter of nomination that addresses the particular ways the individual has exhibited outstanding mentorship. The letter of nomination should identify specific examples of unique contributions, innovative ideas, and/or other accomplishments that demonstrate the nominee’s success in mentoring graduate students (2-page maximum). The letter of nomination should include the author’s full name, role/title, and email address and may be signed by one nominator or a group of nominators.


  • Letters of support that provide specific examples of the nominee’s contributions, innovations, or accomplishments in mentorship. One of these letters must be authored by one or more students. Additional letters can come from graduate students, faculty, or staff members. These may be signed by one supporter or a group of supporters.  Up to three letters (other than the letter of nomination) will be reviewed by the committee. Please limit letters of support to one page each.


  • Departmental approval: Although the Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Mentorship in Graduate Studies recognizes excellence for service that is primarily received by graduate students, either the Department Head or the Director of Graduate Studies in the nominee’s department must approve the nomination before it is routed to the Graduate School (multiple individuals from the same department may be approved). If the letter of nomination or a letter of support for a nominee is authored by either the Department Head or Director of Graduate Studies in the nominee’s department, the approval statement may be included in these letters; otherwise, a simple separate approval statement will suffice.

Selection Criteria and Process: Nominations will be evaluated by a committee including Graduate School staff, Graduate School deans, and a member of the Graduate School Student Advisory Board. Successful nominations will include examples that demonstrate the exceptionally valuable types of mentorship provided by the nominee and, if possible, indicate the outcomes that resulted from such mentorship. Selection results will be provided by email to those that nominated and to the nominees in late April.

Deadline: Complete nomination packets are due by noon on Monday, April 16, 2017

Click here to submit a nomination.

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