Faculty Mentor Recognition Award

The Faculty Mentor Recognition Award recognizes one Purdue University graduate faculty for their outstanding mentoring of graduate students on the Purdue University campus. This award is unique in that graduate students are solely responsible for nominating faculty candidates as well as selecting the recipient. The nominations for this award will be accepted in March 2015 (announcements will be sent prior). The recipient of this award will be announced during the Graduate Student Appreciation Week, and the winner will receive an engraved plaque in commemoration.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible to submit an application, the following guidelines must be met:

  • The nominee must be a member of Purdue University’s graduate faculty.
  • The nomination must come from a graduate student, not the faculty member.
  • The graduate student making the nomination should be an advisee of the professor being nominated.

Nominations can be made by both masters and doctoral level students.

Selection Criteria

The award will be made to the Faculty member who has shown to enrich graduate student lives in as many fulfilling ways as possible: through mentoring, teaching, research, professional development, community service, etc. The essay and recommendation letters should address the following categories as much as possible. The award selection will be based on the nominating application essay and student letters of recommendation.

  1. Excellence in Mentoring – Describe what makes the faculty member a good mentor. That is, what is it about his/her advising style that you believe is award-worthy? Well-done mentoring broadly and it can include both curricular as well as extra-curricular support and guidance.
  2. Research Agenda – Briefly describe the faculty members’ research agenda as well as the ways in which he/she involves graduate students in the research process. That is, how does the faculty member help to prepare his/her graduate students for future research endeavors?
  3. Graduate Teaching – Describe the faculty members’ performance as an instructor of graduate level courses. Highlight activities or assignments he/she uses in order to help graduate students develop toward their career objectives.
  4. University and Community Engagement – Describe how the faculty member is active on the Purdue University campus and/or local community. Engagement in professional organizations is also noteworthy. Also focus on how the faculty member promotes service among his/her graduate students and involves them in his/her own service agenda.

Essay information

Please write a narrative essay which addresses each of the four criteria listed above, using examples from your personal interaction with the nominee as well as observed interactions with other graduate students. The answers to all four questions must not exceed four (4) pages. The essay should written using Times New Roman 12 pt. font and should be double spaced with one (1) inch margins on all sides. Applications that do not meet these criteria will not be considered.

Letters of Recommendation

The application essay is greatly enhanced by letters of recommendation from a variety of students the nominated faculty member mentors. These students could include advisees, students with the nominated faculty member on their committee, students who have taken classes or was a teaching assistant for the nominated party, etc. Any type of interaction is acceptable, and students who have had multiple types of interaction will be well equipped to write a recommendation.

There is no minimum or maximum number of letters, but each letter should be less than one page long (no required formatting). A competitive application will have letters which are well written and attest to the level of commitment the faculty member has had in mentoring themselves personally. Letters will be accepted from any person(s) who interacted with the nominee while they were a graduate student, even if they have already graduated, however they should specifically focus on how the nominee helped their graduate career.

Submission information:
Send all questions to: pgsg.apd@gmail.com

Additional information
2015 Faculty Mentor Recognition Award Information
2014 Faculty Mentor Winning Essay