Graduate Division Mentoring Awards

The 2017 nomination cycle is now closed; please check back in Spring 2018 for more details

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.

Eligibility

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.

NOTE: Previous award recipients are not eligible to receive the award in subsequent years.

Nomination Procedures

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:

  1. A nomination letter from a faculty mentor, program director, or program coordinator, which must not exceed two typed pages.
  2. 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.
  3. A statement from the graduate student nominee discussing the relevance of the mentoring experience on his/her own education and future career plans.

Submission Options

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


2017

Aubrie Adams | Communication
Melissa Barthelemy | History
Baron Haber | English

2016

Holly Roose | History
Benjamin Smith | Communication
Vanessa Witenko | Education

Previous Recipients of the Fiona Goodchild Award


2017

Phil Ehret | Psychological & Brain Sciences
May ElSherif | Computer Science
Devyn Orr | Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology

2016

Jeffrey Bowen | Psychological & Brain Sciences
Kaziya Lee | Psychological & Brain Sciences
Kelly Thomasson | Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology

2015

Stacy Copp | Physics
William Ryan | Psychological & Brain Sciences

2014

Holly Roose | History
Marisa Weaver | Chemistry and Biochemistry

2013

Ashley Wright | Chemistry and Biochemistry
Katlyn Roggensack | Communication

2012

Lisa McAllister | Anthropology
Melissa Bator | Communication

2011

J. Stephen Gosnell | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Richard A. Lewis | Chemistry and Biochemistry

2010

Loren Merrill | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Chris von Rueden | Anthropology

2009

Jung-Eun Janie Lee | Linguistics
Andrew T. Stull | Psychology

2008

Aubrey Cano | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Claudia Kouyoumdjian | Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

2007

Mara Henderson | Linguistics
Scott Hamilton | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology

2006

Sarah Lester | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Juliet Simpson | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology

2005

Sherry T. Hikita | Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Pankaj S. Karande | Chemical Engineering

2004

Tom Jaramillo | Chemical Engineering
Laura Mydlarz | Marine Science

2003

Claudia Moya | Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Kevin Wingerd | Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology