UW Graduate School

Landolt Distinguished Mentor Award

Sandra Silberstein is the recipient of the 2016 Landolt Distinguished Mentor Award.

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 the UW Graduate School to honor those members of the faculty who exemplify excellence in graduate education. We are especially interested in generating a diverse group of nominations, including nominations of faculty members who are women, or from underrepresented minority groups, or with disabilities.

A single award, accompanied by $5,000 in discretionary funds that may be used to support the awardee’s scholarly activities, will be given and presented at the Annual University Recognition Ceremony in June 2015 in conjunction with other University-wide awards.

The Graduate School is accepting nominations for the 2016 award until 5 p.m., December 18, 2015. Please review the criteria for the award and nominating guidelines. This is a firm deadline, and in fairness to all nominators, no exceptions or extensions will be granted.

This award recognizes a UW faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education and guidance of graduate students. Named for UW Graduate School Dean Marsha L. Landolt who died in 2003, the Graduate School has recognized excellent faculty mentors yearly since 1999. 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.

Landolt, who came to the UW as an assistant professor of fisheries in 1975, was promoted to associate professor in 1979 and became a full professor in 1986. She served as associate dean of the College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences from 1983–91 and as director of the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences from 1991–96. She became dean of graduate education and vice provost at the UW in 1996.

As an expert in fish and human health and water-quality issues, Landolt often consulted with such organizations as the Washington departments of fisheries, wildlife, agriculture and ecology, Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Metro. A native of Houston, she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor, a master’s degree in zoology from the University of Oklahoma and her Ph.D. in pathology from George Washington University. She worked for the U.S. Dept. of the Interior from 1970-74 and the National Zoo from 1974–75 before joining the UW in 1975.

Nomination guidelines