Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring recognizes graduate faculty who provide outstanding support and guidance to their doctoral students. We encourage the nomination of both senior and junior faculty for this award. When appropriate, The Graduate School will present two awards — one award to a senior faculty member who has demonstrated excellence as a seasoned mentor and one award to a junior faculty member who has exhibited outstanding mentoring at an early stage.

Award Criteria


Nominees must be current graduate faculty who advise doctoral students. Any students receiving their doctoral degrees in 2023-24 may nominate faculty members for this award.


A complete nomination must include a statement totaling no more than 1,000 which addresses:

Nominations are currently closed


Nominations are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, March 15, 2024.

Award Winners

The award(s) will be presented in conjunction with the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony.

Gary Pielak, Chemistry
Kumi Silva, Communication
Li Qian, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Shelley Golden, Health Behavior
Jason Metcalfe, Mathematics

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Laura Thorp, Director of Student Affairs