UW Graduate School

Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award 2018

Suzie Hwang Pun is the 2018 Landolt Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award winner. More >


Eligibility for the award

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.

Eligibility is limited to active members of the graduate faculty who are involved in the supervision of graduate students. Click here for a list of active graduate faculty.

Departments are limited to only one nomination.


Nomination Packets and Materials

Nominators are encouraged to cite specific examples of excellent mentoring by the faculty member.

In an effort to create fairly comparable nomination packets for the Landolt Award selection committee, we ask the chair (or his/her designate) to create a nomination packet with the following materials in the following order (note: All nomination letters, with the exception of the chair’s cover letter, are limited to one page in length; those exceeding the page limit will not be considered):


(due 5 pm Pacific on December 20, 2017):

  • Landolt Award cover page/checklist (to be used as the cover sheet) (required; available here or you may request c/o graddean@uw.edu);
  • Cover letter from the chair or his/her designee (required; no more than two pages in length).
    In their cover letters, departmental chairs are invited to incorporate comments from those nomination letters they have received from current or former students or colleagues that are not among the letters included in the final packet of materials. Please note: Departments are limited to only one nomination.
  • Nomination letters from current graduate students (no more than three; each no more than one page in length);
  • Nomination letters from former graduate students (no more than four letters, each no more than one page in length);
  • Nomination letters from other students (e.g., undergraduates or postdoctoral associates), faculty or staff (no more than two letters; each no more than one page in length);
  • A current, abbreviated version of nominee’s CV (no more than six pages in length);
  • A list of current and former mentored graduate students (required);
  • No more than four pages of other supporting materials (e.g., course syllabi, student evaluations, etc.) as desired, not to include additional letters of support.

Deadline and submission method

The deadline for submission of complete nomination packets is 5 PM PST, December 20, 2017. This is a firm deadline; in fairness to all nominators, no exceptions or extensions will be granted. Hard copy nominations and those received after the deadline will not be accepted. Prior years’ nomination materials will not be considered. Materials may be excerpted and the nominators’ comments reproduced.

Nomination letters must be submitted electronically in Adobe PDF format only c/o graddean@uw.edu. Please save your file in this format:

LASTNAMENOMINEE,firstnamenominee – Nominating Department.pdf
Ex: “JONES, martha – Astrobiology.pdf”

In the subject line of your email, please specify “LANDOLT AWARD 2018 – LASTNAMENOMINEE,firstnamenominee”.


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 Awards of Excellence Ceremony in June 2018 in conjunction with other University-wide awards.


Please address nomination materials to
David L. Eaton, graddean@uw.edu
Vice Provost and Dean, The Graduate School


Jerry Pangilinan, 206.543.7468, graddean@uw.edu
Assistant to the Vice Provost and Dean, The Graduate School