Nomination Procedures

The Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year is intended to recognize faculty with a significant record of cumulative accomplishment focused on graduate mentorship. Nominations for this award occur at the department level.
  • Nominees must be a USU faculty member (tenured, tenure track, or adjunct), current or retired within the past 12 months.
  • Name and A # of nominee
  • Curriculum vitae of the nominee (no more than 3 pages)
  • A statement from the nominee of the nominee’s mentoring philosophy (no more than 1 page)
  • No more than 3 letters of support. Writers should address specific examples of mentor’s work and effectiveness drawn from current students, past graduates, or faculty colleagues. One of the letters may be submitted collectively by current students.
  • In order to provide discipline-specific context, a department description (maximum of 1 page in length) of what excellent mentoring in this field looks like, what types of activities would be expected in this field, and the significance of job placement after graduation.
  • A nomination letter by the department head, limited to 2 pages.
  • A list of the nominee’s past graduate advisees and their current positions/activities (no page limit).
  • A cumulative list of nominee’s publications/presentations/exhibitions/awards with graduate students.
  • 200-word bio of the nominee.
  • Colleges should seek broad input for nominations including specific outreach to RCDE faculty in the department.
  • Each college may submit one nominee for consideration using the online submission form.
  • A committee appointed by the Vice President for Research will review nominees and recommend an individual for the University Outstanding Graduate Mentor of the Year Award.
  • Individuals who are not chosen for the award in the year they were nominated will remain in the nomination pool for a second year. The nominating college may update nomination materials for those individuals.
  • Deadline for online submission to the RGS Office is January 31, 2018.
  • Recipient will receive a $2,000 monetary award.
  • Recipient will be recognized in the graduate student commencement program.
  • Recipient will be recognized at Research Week ceremonies, including the annual research Gala and the student research awards ceremony.
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