UW Graduate School

Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

The Graduate School, with assistance from the President’s Office, sponsors this annual award in order to recognize outstanding mentoring of graduate students by faculty.

The relationship between a graduate student and a faculty advisor is one that can have a profound, lifelong influence on both parties. At its best, this mentoring relationship inspires and gives confidence to the student while providing the faculty member with a valued colleague.

The Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award allows us to honor those members of the faculty who exemplify excellence in graduate education. A single award, accompanied by $5,000 in discretionary funds that may be used to support the awardee’s scholarly activities, is given and presented at the annual Awards of Excellence Ceremony in conjunction with other University-wide awards.

Criteria Used in Evaluating Nominees


  • Actively recruits graduate program applications from a diverse body of students
  • Actively involves a varied and diverse body of students in publications and professional conferences
  • Acts as an advocate, helping students to overcome problems, discord, and economic, social, and cultural barriers
  • Engages and supports students who belong to groups that are underrepresented in their field or who are of varied and diverse backgrounds
  • Actively seeks financial support for students’ graduate study and research, particularly for students with greater need; from disadvantaged backgrounds; or who belong to groups that are underrepresented in their field
  • Demonstrates an understanding of students’ economic, personal, and social struggles as graduate students
  • Attracts a diverse body of students through active recruitment and active/scholarly reputation
  • Provides intellectual leadership
  • Respects students’ goals and helps students to work towards them; inspires, encourages
  • Is supportive at personal as well as professional level, is a good advocate for students
  • Clearly articulates expectations and holds students to high standards
  • Actively involves students in teaching, research and training
  • Is accessible for advice and assistance, whether student is in residence, on leave, is or is not ‘one of theirs’
  • Provides good model of professionalism
  • Helps students to ‘network’ with other relevant professionals and faculty
  • Opens students’ minds up to new concepts and values
  • Assists students in career preparation
  • Alerts students to career opportunities; helps students secure post-degree employment
  • Provides assistance in post-degree professional work
  • Is an effective communicator with students and is interested in their personal and professional development, in addition to their development as students. [/expand]

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