Graduate School News

Gammon receives 2014 Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

June 10, 2014

Dean Steve Matson presents the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring to Dr. Marilie Gammon.

Dean Steve Matson presents the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring to Dr. Marilie Gammon.

Marilie Gammon, professor of epidemiology in UNC-Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health, has received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring.

Gammon, who joined the University faculty in 1999, was honored at the recent 2014 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. The Graduate School presents the annual award to a faculty member who has: encouraged graduate students to establish their own records of scholarly activity, provided a supportive environment that brings forth the very best from students, and achieved a successful record of graduate degree completion among students he or she has advised.

In presenting the award to Gammon, Graduate School Dean Steve Matson said, "Dr. Gammon's nomination came from an alumnus as well as a current doctoral student, each nomination articulating her outstanding generosity, supportive environment and intentional goal of fostering independent scholarly records and successful degree completion."

One nomination letter emphasized Gammon's complete dedication to student success: "What I've learned is that she expects the very best out of her students because she gives us each her very best. Marilie has successfully advised over 20 students who are now working in academia, government, industry and the private sector. Each of these individuals is making impactful and important contributions in their fields."

Another nomination letter said the following about the supportive environment Gammon creates for the students she mentors: "First, when students arrive at UNC, Dr. Gammon encourages her assigned mentees to talk with other individuals both within and outside of the department that have ongoing research in which the student might be interested. If they find dissertation projects with other faculty that they would like to pursue, she encourages that."

See more information on the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, including video of the event.