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 2, 2018.

The winners will be recognized this spring at a joint award ceremony taking place on April 12, 2018 from 4 – 6 pm, at Anna Head, Alumnae Hall. Save the date to come and celebrate excellence in faculty mentorship at UC Berkeley.

Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards

Graduate Division invites your nominations for the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards. One award will be made to an early-career faculty member (defined as an Assistant Professor or an Associate Professor no more than five years in rank); a second award will be made to a later-career faculty member (Associate Professor for at least five years or at the full Professor rank). 

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 here: 

The nomination and selection procedures are explained on the following web pages: 

These awards have been made possible by a generous bequest from the estate of Carol D. Soc, a long-time staff member of the Graduate Division of UC Berkeley.  

Within each of Berkeley’s schools and departments are faculty members who excel as advisors, supporters, and coaches for our graduate students. The Soc Awards program gives us a unique opportunity to recognize the contributions that these esteemed colleagues make to our campus mission.  We encourage you to nominate a colleague who deserves this special recognition.

Nomination letters must be received by Friday, February 2, 2018, 5 pm. Please send or deliver nominations with cover sheet to: Distinguished Mentoring Awards, Graduate Division, Dean’s Office, 424 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-5900. 

2018 Faculty Mentor Award (FMA)

The UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award (FMA), now in its 14th 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.

The primary nominator must be a present or former graduate student; associate nominators can include undergraduates, postdocs, or consist of jointly written letters. At least one of the nominators should be a current or recently graduated (May 2017 or later) graduate student. 

Nominations must include:

  1. A completed nomination form (available at;
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation, each no longer than 600 words; letters must include the first and last names, email addresses, mailing addresses, and contact telephone numbers of each recommender. Do not submit more than three letters.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11:59 pm. For eligibility requirements and selection criteria, go to Email Shreyas Patankar, GA Vice President, if you have questions.