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The University recognizes and celebrates the contributions and achievements that MU faculty make to advance graduate and postdoctoral education.

Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

The MU Graduate Faculty Mentor Award recognizes the mentoring relationship a graduate faculty advisor has developed with graduate students.

A $1,500 honorarium is awarded to the graduate faculty member selected for this award. Only full-time, active, current graduate faculty on the MU campus are eligible.

Each department or program may nominate one faculty member. Nominators should consult with graduate students in the department or program before selecting a nominee. Past recipients of the award are not eligible. Nominations from previous years do not carry over.

Nomination Deadline

  • Call Distributed: September 1
  • Nominations due to Office of Graduate Studies: November 1 (if November 1 falls on a weekend, the due date will be the following Monday)

Nomination Packets

The nomination packet should be saved as a single pdf file labeled with the nominee’s name. It should include the following documents, saved in the following order:

    1. A completed Graduate Faculty Mentor Award Nomination Form as the cover sheet, with signatures
    2. The nominating letter, no longer than three typed pages, from a director of graduate studies, department chair/director, or dean
    3. Three to five letters of support written by former and/or current advisees
    4. One to three letters from other MU graduate faculty colleagues
    5. A one- to two-page statement from the nominee about their philosophy of working with and mentoring graduate students
    6. A list of supervised theses and dissertations

Nomination Criteria

The award recipient will be selected by the Graduate Faculty Senate Awards Committee on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Quality of the philosophy of working with and mentoring graduate students
  • Quality of mentoring as perceived by former and current advisees
  • Quality of mentoring as perceived by graduate faculty colleagues
  • Productivity of the nominee’s mentoring career

Nomination packets should be sent to:  with the subject line “Grad Mentor Award Nomination”

Postdoctoral Faculty Mentor Award

This award represents appreciation for an individual who has demonstrated either a profound, sustained, or leadership contribution to improving the postdoctoral experience.

The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to improving the postdoctoral experience through:

  • Pioneering efforts to improve postdoctoral policies, benefits, and programs.
  • Influencing sustained leadership in national systemic and/or local change for the improvement of the postdoctoral experience.
  • Advocating and raising awareness of significant and important issues that have significantly altered the postdoctoral scholar landscape.
  • Contributing to professional development, career development and resource development for postdoctoral scholars.
  • Creating agency and opportunity for postdoctoral research and advancement into academic and nonacademic careers.

Nomination Deadline

Nomination Packets

The nomination must be made by a postdoctoral scholar (anyone who is currently a postdoc or within 5 years of completing their postdoctoral training). The nomination packet should be saved as a single pdf file labeled with the nominee’s name. It should include the following documents, saved in the following order:

    1. Brief description of the nominee. Please include the nominee’s full name, title, and academic credentials.
    2. Essay describing why you believe the nominee should receive the award (1200-word limit). Consider the following points:
      1. How the nominee provides “hands-on” professional development experiences for postdocs, such as writing papers or reviews and applying for grants and fellowships.
      2. How the nominee provides postdocs with guidance on networking and planning for their future careers.
      3. What are the philosophy, activities, characteristics, or traits of the nominee that makes them a truly outstanding mentor? Be sure to give specific examples.
      4. How the nominee’s mentoring has benefited you personally (if applicable).
      5. A summary of the nominee’s mentoring efforts, including, for example, the length of time that they have served as a mentor; the number of postdocs that the nominee has mentored; and examples of the success these postdocs have had under the mentor’s guidance, especially regarding increased proficiency in any of the six National Postdoc Association’s Core Competencies.
      6. How the nominee has influenced the qualify of the postdoctoral experience on a local, regional, or national level.
    3. Up to three (3) supporting documents (e.g., letters of support from former postdocs within 5 years from completing their postdoctoral training and/or current postdoctoral scholars, news or journal articles).

The campus winner will be nominated for the National Postdoc Association Mentor Award and will receive a letter of support from the University.