Mentoring Awards
MENTORS, MENTORS, EVERYWHERE --- These are scenes from the last handful of years, showing ceremonies (and some surprise presentations) wherein faculty members have been honored for their exemplary and beyond-the-call-of-duty mentoring of graduate students. Three distinct series of awards are involved, two of which have been given at joint events since 2007; the other is sprung on unsuspecting recipients in carefully-orchestrated "ambushes." The different awards are catalogued below, with their nomination deadline dates. All the recipients shown have been helping students, essentially behind the scenes, for years. The man in the blue shirt at top left is less familiar on campus, but is vital to this context; he's George Sarlo,, namesake of one of this triad of honors, the Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards. (Photos: two are by Dick Corten; the rest are by Peg Skorpinski.)

Sarlo Awards

Sponsored by: Graduate Division
Nominations from: department chairs, faculty colleagues, former students of nominees
Nominations due:  February 3, 2012

Nominations are open for the Sarlo Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards.  One award will be made to an assistant professor and a second to a professor of any rank. The 2012 awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. 

Candidates must be members of the Academic Senate, and successful candidates will have a record of exemplifying our campus’s best practices for graduate mentoring.  More information about these practices is available on the Vice Provost for Faculty’s website and is updated in this appendix. 

Nomination and selection procedures are explained on the Sarlo Award site.

 Nomination letters must be received by Friday, February 3, 2012 at 4 p.m.  Please send or deliver nominations to: Sarlo Awards, Graduate Division, Dean’s Office, 424 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-5900. These awards have been made possible by a generous gift from the Sarlo Foundation, which supports excellence in teaching.  Within each of Berkeley’s schools and departments are faculty members who excel as advisors, supporters, and coaches for our graduate students.  The Sarlo Award program gives a unique opportunity to recognize the contributions that these esteemed colleagues make to our campus mission.

Faculty Mentor Award

Sponsored by: Graduate Assembly

Nominations from: doctoral, master’s, and professional students
Nominations due:  February 3, 2012

The UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award (FMA), now in its eighth year, honors members of the Berkeley faculty and teaching staff who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising, and generally supporting graduate students. The Graduate Assembly presents three FMAs to selected mentors every year. When possible, one of these awards is reserved for a faculty member or teaching staff from a professional degree program. Nominations are expected to come primarily from doctoral, masters, and professional students at UC Berkeley. The deadline for nominations is Friday February 3, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Email the GA President if you have questions about the 2012 FMA.

 Nominations must include:

 1) A completed nomination form (you can download it below or pick up a copy at the GA) and
 2) Three letters of recommendation, each no longer than 800 words. Letters must include the first and last names, email addresses, mailing addresses, and contact telephone numbers of each recommender.

Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs

Sponsored by: Graduate Division
Nominations from: current and former GSIs
Nominations due:  March 5, 2012

There is a third category of awards for mentoring by faculty, specifically the mentoring of graduate student instructors.  The Graduate Council’s Advisory Committee for GSI Affairs and the Graduate Division’s GSI Teaching and Resource Center announce the 2012 Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs. This award recognizes faculty (including both Senate and non-Senate) who have provided GSIs with outstanding mentorship in their teaching at Berkeley and in preparation for their future teaching careers. Up to three awards will be given. Awards will typically be presented to faculty members mentoring GSIs in multi-section courses, in stand-alone courses (e.g., foreign language or reading and composition courses), or through the teaching of a 300-level course. In those cases in which a faculty member is nominated for an outstanding 300-level course, nominations will be accepted from students who have taken the course. Nominations are sought from current and former GSIs. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Nomination instructions will posted on the GSI Teaching and Resource Center website on December 1, 2011. Deadline for nomination letters to be received is March 5, 2012.


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