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Graduate Mentoring Award

We invite you to nominate a member of the Princeton University faculty for the Graduate Mentoring Award. The McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and the Graduate School sponsor this annual award to honor Princeton faculty members who are exemplary in supporting the development of their graduate students as teachers, scholars, and professionals. Normally, one faculty member in each academic division (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering) will be selected to receive this honor, with recipients officially recognized at the Graduate School's hooding ceremony on the day before Commencement.

The nomination letter should be limited to about one page (approximately 500 words) and should include:

  • A description of the nature of your contact with the professor: that is, as a student in seminars, as an advisee, or as a teaching or research assistant.
  • Descriptions and examples of how the professor is an exceptional advisor and mentor and the ways in which he or she has furthered your educational, scholarly, or professional goals.

The strongest case for nominees is made through letters from a number of graduate students representing a range of graduate student/mentor relationships and containing specific examples of instances in which the faculty member demonstrated the qualities of a good mentor. Letters from individuals rather than single letters signed by multiple nominators (petition-style) are more effective in highlighting a mentor's contributions. Please feel free to call the McGraw Center and talk to one of the directors to get more information on making a strong recommendation.

If you have nominated a faculty member for this award in the past and would like to reactivate that nomination, please send a message to the McGraw Center, and we will put forward the letters from that earlier nomination.

The Graduate Mentoring Award Committee, composed of graduate students, faculty, and the McGraw Center's directors, will select the winners.

Please send nominations by Monday, March 17th to the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, 328 Frist Campus Center, or you may send nominations by e-mail to mcgraw@princeton.edu. Please include your name, telephone number, and e-mail address in your letter.

Award Recipients

2014  
  Robert Cava, Chemistry
  Sara McLanahan, Social Sciences
  Jacqueline Stone, Humanities
  Stephen F. Teiser, Humanities
  Sigurd Wagner, Engineering
   
2013  
  Alison Gammie, Molecular Biology
  Michael McAlpine, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  Gideon Rosen, Philosophy
  Viviana Zelizer, Sociology
   
2012  

João Biehl, Anthropology
  Caryl Emerson, Slavic Languages and Literatures
  Stacey A. Sinclair, Psychology
  Ramon van Handel, Operations Research and Financial Engineering
   
2011  

Michael Jennings, German
  Michael Gordin, History
  J. Nicole Shelton, Psychology
  Jennifer Rexford, Computer Science
   
2010  

Sara Kay, French and Italian
  Igor Klebanov, Physics
  Stephen Kotkin, History
  Margaret Martonosi, Electrical Engineering
   
2009  

Susan Fiske, Psychology
  Claire Gmachl, Electrical Engineering
  Susan Naquin, History and East Asian Studies
  Jeffrey Stout, Religion
   
2008  

Robert Calderbank, Applied and Computational Math
  Richard Okada, East Asian Studies
  Richard Register, Chemical Engineering
  Mark Watson, Economics
   
2007  

Michael Cook, Near Eastern Studies
  Paul DiMaggio, Sociology
  Daniel Osherson, Psychology
  Christodoulos Floudas, Chemical Engineering
   
2006  

Charles Beitz, Politics
  Stefan Bernhard, Chemistry
  William Gleason, English
  Paul Prucnal, Electrical Engineering
   
2005  

Sanjeev Arora, Computer Science
  Edward Eigen, Architecture
  Noreen Goldman, Demography and Public Affairs
  John Krommes, Astrophysical Sciences
   
2004  

Philip Johnson-Laird, Psychology
  Niraj K. Jha, Electrical Engineering
  Robert Tignor, History
  Timothy P. Watson, English
   
2003  

John Cooper, Philosophy
  Luigi Martinelli, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  Thomas Silhavy, Molecular Biology
  Robert Wuthnow, Sociology
   
2002  

Sara Curran, Sociology
  Barbara Hahn, Germanic Languages and Literatures
  Mansour Shayegan, Electrical Engineering
  Elias Stein, Mathematics