Graduate Division Mentoring Awards
2017 Call for Nominations
Deadline to Nominate: Friday, April 28, 2017
To recognize and encourage the efforts of graduate students who serve as effective mentors, the Graduate Division of UC Santa Barbara presents two awards for students who have distinguished themselves in the area of undergraduate research supervision: the Fiona and Michael Goodchild Graduate Mentoring Award and the Dean’s Graduate Mentoring Award.
The purpose of these awards is threefold:
- To recognize graduate students who have distinguished themselves as mentors of undergraduates;
- To acknowledge campus initiatives to improve the educational experience of undergraduates and graduate students by integrating research into undergraduate education at UCSB;
- To encourage others to become involved in these research efforts.
These awards are important examples of the Graduate Division’s ongoing efforts to promote a culture of mentoring.
Three recipients of the Fiona and Michael Goodchild Graduate Mentoring Award and three recipients of the Dean’s Graduate Mentoring Award will receive $1000 each (six awards in all). The Graduate Division invites nominations from academic departments, programs, and research units, as well as individual faculty and undergraduate research and graduate preparatory programs. Previous recipients of the award are not eligible (see below). Selections are made by the Academic Senate Graduate Council.
The Fiona and Michael Goodchild Graduate Mentoring Award is available to students in the College of Engineering; Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences Division of the College of Letters and Science; and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. The Dean’s Graduate Mentoring Award is available to students in the Humanities and Fine Arts and Social Sciences Divisions of the College of Letters and Science and the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education. Both awards are open to currently enrolled graduate students in good academic standing who mentor at least one undergraduate. Nominees must be registered during the award period (spring quarter) of the year they are nominated.
The Graduate Division invites up to three nominations from academic departments, programs, and research units, as well as individual faculty and undergraduate research and graduate preparatory programs. In selecting nominees, please consider the following criteria as they relate to your candidates:
- Has the graduate student demonstrated effectiveness in supervising an undergraduate researcher?
- How much time and interest has the graduate student invested in introducing undergraduate students to experimental and investigative research?
- How has the graduate student developed supervisory strategies that are effective in motivating students to achieve success in undergraduate research?
- What is the subsequent record of undergraduate students who have worked under the supervision of this graduate student?
- Overall, what distinguishes this graduate student as a departmental or program nominee for one of these awards?
Each nomination must include:
- A nomination letter from a faculty mentor, program director, or program coordinator, which must not exceed two typed pages.
- A nomination letter from an undergraduate mentee of the nominee. This letter should describe a research project or course in which the nominee and the undergraduate mentee were involved.
- A statement from the graduate student nominee discussing the relevance of the mentoring experience on his/her own education and future career plans.
Nominations may be submitted by email to GSRC@graddiv.ucsb.edu or as a hard copy to:
Graduate Mentoring Award
c/o The Graduate Division
3117 Cheadle Hall
Mail Code 2070
Previous Recipients of the Dean’s Graduate Mentoring Award
Holly Roose, History
Benjamin Smith, Communication
Vanessa Witenko, Education
Previous Recipients of the Fiona Goodchild Award
Jeffrey Bowen, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Kaziya Lee, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Kelly Thomasson, Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology
Stacy Copp, Physics
William Ryan, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Holly Roose, History
Marisa Weaver, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Ashley Wright, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Katlyn Roggensack, Communication
Lisa McAllister, Anthropology
Melissa Bator, Communication
J. Stephen Gosnell, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Richard A. Lewis, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Loren Merrill, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Chris von Rueden, Anthropology
Jung-Eun Janie Lee, Linguistics
Andrew T. Stull, Psychology
Aubrey Cano, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Claudia Kouyoumdjian, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education
Mara Henderson, Linguistics
Scott Hamilton, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Sarah Lester, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Juliet Simpson, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Sherry T. Hikita, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Pankaj S. Karande, Chemical Engineering
Tom Jaramillo, Chemical Engineering
Laura Mydlarz, Marine Science
Claudia Moya, Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Kevin Wingerd, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology