Carolina Reid, Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, celebrates with her graduate students at the Graduate Mentoring Awards.

The Graduate Division and the Graduate Assembly are hosting 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 Award and the Graduate Assembly’s Faculty Mentor Awards are being accepted now through Friday, February 8, 2019, at 5 pm. The winners will be recognized this Spring at the Graduate Mentoring Ceremony in April 2019.


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 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 longtime staff member of the Graduate Division 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 Mentoring Awards website. Nominations are now accepted electronically and you can signify your intent to nominate by signing up here. You will be invited to a BOX folder to submit your formal nomination.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 8, 2019, at 5 pm.


Faculty Mentor Award

The UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award (FMA), now in its 15th 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. Whenever possible, one of these awards is reserved for a faculty member or teaching staff from a professional degree program. The primary nominator must be a present or former graduate student; associate nominators can include undergraduates, postdocs, or consist of jointly written letters.

For more information about the award and instructions on how to nominate a faculty member, visit The Graduate Assembly websiteThe deadline for nominations is Friday, February 8, 2019, at 5 pm.


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