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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

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  1. Actively recruits a diverse body of students 
  2. Actively seeks financial support for students’ graduate study and research, particularly for students with greater need 
  3. Demonstrates an understanding of students’ economic, personal, and social struggles as graduate students 
  4. Engages and supports students from varied and diverse backgrounds and who belong to groups that are underrepresented in their field 
  5. Communicates effectively with students and is interested in their personal and professional development, in addition to their development as students 
  6. Is accessible for advice and assistance, whether student is in residence, on leave, is or is not ‘one of theirs’ 
  7. Clearly articulates expectations and holds students to high standards 
  8. Opens students’ minds to new concepts and values 
  9. Provides intellectual leadership and a good model of professionalism 
  10. Respects students’ goals and encourages students to work towards them 
  11. Acts as an advocate, helping students to overcome problems, discord, and economic, social, and cultural barriers 
  12. Actively involves a varied and diverse body of students in teaching, research, publications, training, and professional conferences 
  13. Helps students to ‘network’ with other relevant professionals and faculty 
  14. Assists students with career preparation and alerts students to career opportunities; helps students secure post-degree employment 
  15. Provides assistance with post-degree professional work 
  16. Has a positive impact on the graduate student culture within the department, program, or school 

More about the Landolt Awards