Carol D. Soc Award winner, Linda Williams (Film and Media Studies and Rhetoric) gathers with her graduate students at the Graduate Mentoring Award Ceremony 2014. The Graduate Division and the Graduate Assembly are hosting two awards that recognize outstanding mentoring by faculty members to graduate students. Nomination letters for the Graduate Division’s Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award and the Graduate Assembly’s Faculty Mentor Awards are being accepted now through Friday, February 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm. The winners will be recognized this Spring at the Graduate Mentoring Ceremony on Thursday, April 9, 2015, 4:00-6:00 pm at Anna Head Alumni Hall. Carol D. Soc Award The Graduate Division is now accepting nominations for the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards for junior and senior faculty members in the Academic Senate who exemplify the campus’s best practices for graduate mentoring. Some best practices include training new faculty and guiding students through degree requirements, thesis or dissertation research and professional development. Mentors guide students through their academic careers, providing advice and leadership as they progress. Created in 2007, the award includes a $2,500 prize. The awards are funded by a generous donation from the estate of Carol D. Soc, a former Graduate Division Director of Academic Affairs who passed away in 2012. The award reflects her exceptional service to graduate education by selflessly mentoring both graduate students and faculty. For more information about the award and instructions on how to nominate a faculty member, visit the Graduate Division website. Faculty Mentor Award Now in its 11th year, the Graduate Assembly’s Faculty Mentor Award honors faculty and teaching staff who have demonstrated outstanding advising and mentoring to graduate students. Three faculty members in the Academic Senate or teaching staff associated with a graduate degree-granting program are selected for the award. Nominations are expected to come primarily from doctoral and master’s students. For more information about the award and instructions on how to nominate a faculty member, visit The Graduate Assembly website.