The Graduate Division and the Graduate Assembly sponsor two awards that recognize outstanding mentoring of graduate students by faculty members.

Nominations for the Graduate Division’s Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards and the Graduate Assembly’s Faculty Mentor Award are being accepted now through Friday, February 14, 2020. The winners will be recognized this spring at the Graduate Mentoring Ceremony on Friday, April 17 at the Bancroft Hotel.

We are pleased that Chancellor Carol Christ, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos, and Vice Provost Lisa García Bedolla will be involved in the awards ceremony this year.

Carol D. Soc Awards

The Graduate Division is accepting nominations for the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards honoring junior and senior faculty members who exemplify UC Berkeley’s best practices for graduate mentoring.

The awards — $2,500 each — are funded by a generous donation from the estate of Carol D. Soc, a longtime staff member of the Graduate Division.

We are especially pleased to celebrate this mentoring award as part of the “150 Years of Women at Berkeley” commemoration, marking 150 years since the Board of Regents’ unanimous decision to admit women “on equal terms in all respects with young men.”

The nomination and selection procedures are explained here:

Nomination letters must be received electronically by Friday, February 14, 2020, 5 p.m. Nominators should signify their intent to nominate using this form. They will then be invited to a Box folder to submit a formal nomination.   

Faculty Mentor Award

The UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award honors members of the Berkeley faculty and teaching staff who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising, and supporting graduate students. The Graduate Assembly presents three awards to selected mentors every year.

The primary nominator must be a current graduate student or recent graduate (May 2018 or later) who has directly benefited from some aspect of the candidate’s mentoring or advising. Associate nominators can include undergraduates, postdocs, or consist of jointly written letters. Each nominator must submit their letter of nomination through this form.

For more information about the award and how to nominate a faculty member, visit the Graduate Assembly website. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 14, 2020, 11:59 p.m.