Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Award

About the Award

Nominations are open for the 2023 Distinguished Graduate & Postdoctoral Mentorship Award. These awards are offered to faculty to recognize the vital role mentoring plays in the academic and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of California, Davis.  A certificate and a $1,000 education enrichment fund will be conferred to each awardee. The nomination deadline for the 2023 Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Award is March 14, 2023

  • Award Eligibility
  • All faculty members of graduate programs (department-based and graduate group) consistent with Graduate Council policy who are currently employed by UC Davis and who have a minimum of four years of service at UC Davis may be nominated.  
  • Who May Nominate
  • UC Davis faculty, postdoctoral scholars and graduate students are invited to nominate a distinguished mentor of graduate students or postdoctoral scholars for this award.  
  • Qualifications
  • Nominees must have an outstanding record of mentoring graduate students or postdoctoral scholars. Selection will recognize the following principles:
    • An outstanding mentor maintains high ethical standards and guides mentees to emulate such standards.
    • An outstanding mentor fosters the development of oral and written communication skills required for mentees to be successful in their professional careers.
    •An outstanding mentor provides career guidance applicable to professions both inside and outside of academia, and helps mentees network with other scholars and practitioners in their field.
    An outstanding mentor demonstrates sensitivity to the unique needs of individual mentees and adjusts his or her guidance accordingly.
    • An outstanding mentor is accessible and communicates effectively and respectfully to all.
    • An outstanding mentor recognizes that mentoring is a lifelong activity that does not end with commencement or the completion of a postdoctoral appointment.
    • An outstanding mentor assists the student through the three critical transitions in the career of a graduate student: applicant to student, coursework to research, and research to professional career.
    • An outstanding mentor prepares postdoctoral scholars to become mentors themselves, and how the mentor has assisted scholars in building and managing their own independent research activities.
  • Nominations
  • Initial nomination materials consist of:
    • A nomination letter from a current or recent mentee or group of mentees and/or faculty member or program chair. The nomination should describe the nominee’s record of exemplary mentorship, especially related to the criteria above.
    • A letter of support from a colleague or chair familiar with the nominee’s qualifications for the award which notes the candidate’s graduate and professional affiliations.
  • Selection
  • Selection of finalists and recipients will be made by the Graduate Council’s Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Welfare Committee.  If a nominee is chosen as a finalist, Graduate Studies may request a current CV or solicit additional letters of support from:
    • Present and previous graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
    • Faculty and staff from graduate programs, groups, labs and departments with which the nominee is affiliated.

Nomination Form