These are basically reminders, but in case you’re not quite in gear yet as the new semester gets underway: January 20 — Deadline for application for Filing Fee status. For more degrees deadlines, see the Filing and form submission deadlines list. February 17 — Deadline for application to be eligible for Candidacy for a Spring 2012 Master’s degree. 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. February 3 — Deadline for nominations for the Graduate Division’s Sarlo Distinguished Student Mentoring Awards. February 3 — Deadline for nominations for the Graduate Assembly’s Faculty Mentor Award. March 5 — Deadline for nominations for the Graduate Division’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs. See the previous GradNews article for information about all 3 mentoring awards. Looking for fellowship deadlines? See the Graduate Funding section in each issue of eGrad, and the Graduate Division’s fellowship and awards deadlines web page.