On April 13, 2016, the 10th annual Graduate Mentoring Awards Ceremony honored five faculty members with the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award and Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award. About 50 students, faculty, and staff attended the annual event. Emmeline Kao of the Graduate Assembly and Fiona Doyle, Dean of the Graduate Division, presented the awards at Anna Head Alumnae Hall to the recipients — chosen from 58 faculty nominees — who exemplify the values and best practices of effective mentoring on campus.
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 long-time 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’s winners, nominated and selected by faculty peers, are:
Catherine Albiston, Professor of Law and Sociology, was honored as a senior faculty winner. One of the nominators described her this way: “Professor Albiston weaves an empowering and supportive perspective into virtually every interaction she has with students.”
Laura Waller, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences was honored as the junior faculty winner. A doctoral student supporter wrote: “As a mentor Laura always put her students first, encouraging avenues of growth whenever there be the chance.”
Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award
Now in its 12th year, the Faculty Mentor Award, sponsored by the Graduate Assembly, honors faculty who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising and supporting graduate students to succeed academically, professionally, and personally. Nominated by current and former graduate students and faculty colleagues, this year’s winners are:
Kinch Hoekstra, Chancellor’s Professor of Political Science — One of the nominators stated: “Through his willingness to give everything of himself to his students, Kinch creates a supportive and demanding community of scholars, in which graduate students come to see themselves as capable of the excellence which he himself demonstrates every day.”
Mahasin Mujahi, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health — Student nominees noted: “Dr. Mujahid deserves this honor from the graduate assembly because of her tireless dedication to students and her passion for education.”
Costas J. Spanos, Andrew S. Grove Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences — A student nominee wrote: “His constant care for our well-being, devotion to our growth, and firm support for career aspirations have transformed our graduate school life into an enjoyable journey of exploration and self-fulfillment.”
Congratulations to all!