On April 18, 2013, the seventh annual Graduate Mentoring Awards ceremony honored members of the faculty selected for their outstanding commitment to help graduate students succeed academically, professionally, and personally. The six recipients were selected by committees of the Graduate Council and the Graduate Assembly from 81 nominations made by students, alumni, and other faculty.
The two complementary award programs, sponsored by the Graduate Division and the Graduate Assembly, seek to highlight and promote the high standards of mentorship that are essential to the excellence of Berkeley’s graduate education. Presenting the awards were Graduate Dean Andrew J. Szeri, Associate Dean Susan J. Muller, Graduate Assembly President Bahar Navab and other members of the Graduate Assembly.
2013 Graduate Mentoring Awards Recipients:
Graduate Assembly’s Faculty Mentor Award Winners
- Andrea Peterson, Professor, Law
- Patricia Penn Hilden, Professor, Ethnic Studies
- Juana María Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies
Graduate Division’s Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award, Senior Faculty Winners
- Robert Bergman, Professor, Chemistry
- Raka Ray, Professor, Sociology; South and Southeast Asian Studies
Graduate Division’s Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award, Junior Faculty Winner
Professor Robert Bergman commented, “Usually awards have to do with research results. But this award has to do with people. …Of all the awards I’ve received, this is my favorite.”
Professor Leonardo Arriola said, “In working with graduate students, the intellectual surprise is that I would have partners. No one told me the joy that I would be a part of. …If I deserve something like this award, it’s because of the caliber of the graduate students’ work and they bring out the best in me.”
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer remarked, “Programs such as these Mentoring Awards give our campus an opportunity to spotlight and celebrate the lasting relationships that are established here, relationships that powerfully enhance both scholarly pursuits and the quality of life of all involved. It is a pleasure to honor the individuals who excel at providing mentoring of the highest quality to our students. Their work enriches not only the lives of the students they mentor directly but also all those whom these students will touch in their future careers.”