At Berkeley, both faculty and students understand that having an attentive, caring and challenging mentor is essential to achieving academic success and satisfaction. The Graduate Mentoring Awards recognize faculty who exemplify the values and best practices of effective mentoring that are core to the University community. The event was held on the afternoon of April 9 at Anna Head Alumnae Hall.

This month, five outstanding mentors were honored at a ceremony for the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Awards and Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Awards. About 50 students, faculty and staff attended the annual event. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Claude M. Steele was the keynote speaker with remarks by Graduate Division Dean Fiona Doyle. Both presented the awards to the recipients.

Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award

The Carol D. Soc Mentoring Award is funded by a generous bequest from the estate of Carol Soc, a former employee of the Graduate Division. The Award aims to recognize and foster the qualities of excellence in mentorship that are central to the Berkeley community. This year, two nominees were selected for their vital role in mentoring graduate students.

Professor Edward Miguel in the Department of Economics was honored as a senior faculty winner. A nominator wrote “Professor Miguel creates communities of open and constructive exchange among his students and within the broader research community.”

Assistant Professor Alison Post in the Department of Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies program was honored as a junior faculty winner. “Alison is an active scholar [who] must deal simultaneously with the pressures of teaching, research, and service. Yet her passion for ensuring student’s academic growth is always present,” according to Monica Ines Guerra, a Ph.D. recipient in City and Regional Planning and one of her nominators.

Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award

Now in its 11th year, the Faculty Mentor Award, sponsored by the Graduate Assembly, honors faculty and staff who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising and supporting graduate students to succeed academically, professionally, and personally.

Nominated by faculty colleagues, current and former graduate students, the award recipients were selected from a pool of exceptional faculty members on the Berkeley campus.

2015 honorees include Assistant Professor Abigail De Kosnik in the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, field consultant and lecturer Andrea DuBrow in the School of Social Welfare, and Associate Professor Todd Hickey in the Department of Classics and Director of Center for Tebtunis Papyri in the Bancroft Library.

Awardees were described with admiration by the peers in their nominations. “[Todd Hickey] helped me become a scholar unafraid to ask new and unusual questions while always remaining grounded in ancient evidence,” wrote Brendan Haug, Assistant Professor of Classical Studies.

“[Abigail De Kosnik] has carried us — as individuals and as a cohort — through the rigors and rewards of a Ph.D. program with unparalleled sensitivity, humor, and respect,” noted Performance Arts Ph.D. candidates Sima Belmar, Ashley Ferro-Murray and Caitlin Marshall.

“[Andrea DuBrow’s] ability to relate to students on a personal level enhances her impact on the academic and professional levels,” described Social Welfare Master’s candidate Emily Higgs.