Graduate Student Peer Mentor Awards
2024 Outstanding Graduate Student Peer Mentor Awards
The UC Berkeley Outstanding Graduate Student Peer Mentor Award honors Berkeley graduate and professional students who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising, and generally supporting either undergraduate students or their fellow graduate students.
The Graduate Assembly will present four awards to selected mentors each year. Although only one nomination letter is required for a mentor to be considered for the award, we encourage nominators to reach out to others to provide supplemental letters of nomination. Read on for more details on nomination process and submit your letter through this form (closed as of deadline). The deadline is Friday, February 16th, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Email the GA President Chief of Staff if you have questions at email@example.com.
Any student who is currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program at UC Berkeley at the time of nomination is eligible to receive the award. Both full-time and part-time students can be nominated for this award. Individuals who have previously won the Graduate Student Peer Mentor Award are not eligible to be nominated. Previous nominees who have not received the award may be re-nominated.
The Graduate Student Peer Mentor Award recognizes graduate and professional students who have demonstrated excellence in mentoring and advising of either undergraduate students or other graduate student peers. The selection committee encourages nominators to focus on specific stories and situations in which the nominee demonstrated mentoring which went above and beyond the norm. Examples of nomination letter topics include:
- How has the nominee provided outstanding personal support and development to the nominator(s)?
- How has the nominee shaped and inspired the professional work of the nominator(s)?
- How has the nominee fostered inclusive and supportive communities in their workspaces?
- How has the nominee supported the advancement of the careers of the nominators(s)?
Only one nomination is required for a mentor to be considered for the award. If there are multiple nomination letters, one of the nominators must indicate they are the primary nominator. The primary nominator must be a present or former Berkeley student (undergraduate or graduate). Associate nominators can include postdocs, faculty, staff, or consist of jointly written letters.
Nominators must submit their nomination through this form (closed as of deadline). The deadline is Friday, February 16th, 2024, 11:59 p.m.
Faculty Mentor Awards
The Faculty Mentor Award (FMA)
The UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly Faculty Mentor Award honors members of the Berkeley faculty and teaching staff who have shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising, and supporting graduate students. The Graduate Assembly presents three awards to selected mentors every year.
The primary nominator must be a current graduate student or recent graduate (this past May or later) who has directly benefited from some aspect of the candidate’s mentoring or advising. Associate nominators can include undergraduates, postdocs, or consist of jointly written letters.
A call for nominations for the 2024 FMA was sent out in the Fall semester of 2023. Please submit nominations via this form (closed as of deadline). The deadline is Friday, February 16th, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Email GA President’s Chief of Staff if you have questions about the FMA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any member of the Academic Senate or teaching staff affiliated with a graduate degree-granting program (including professional programs) can be nominated for the award, so long as the nominee directs advanced degree work. Nominees can include lecturers with and without security of employment; assistant, associate, full professors, and emeriti. Individuals who have won an award in the last two years (2022 and 2023) are not eligible for the 2024 awards. Previous nominees who have not received the award may be re-nominated. A nomination from a member of the selection committee or for an advisor to a member of the selection committee will not be considered.
The FMA recognizes distinction in mentoring and advising only. Therefore, it is meant to recognize outstanding commitment to mentoring an advisee, and not the relationship between a faculty member and someone who was only their GSI.
The selection committee would like to know how the nominee has exceeded the standard role played by an adviser with respect to the three following criteria:
- To what extent has the nominee provided outstanding personal support/development (in any form)?
- To what extent has the nominee helped shape the graduate work of the nominator(s)?
- To what extent has the nominee helped the nominator(s) further their career?
The selection committee is interested in specific examples of extraordinary mentorship, but since the committee is composed of graduate students from a variety of disciplines, and interested only in identifying excellence in advising, we recommend that your letters not focus too much on research specifics.
Each nominee must receive at least 3 nomination letters from 3 individuals. One of the nominators must be a graduate student or recent graduate (May 2022 or later) who has directly benefited from some aspect of the candidate’s mentoring or advising. One of the three nominators will identify as the primary nominator. The primary nominator must be a present or former graduate student; associate nominators can include undergraduates or consist of jointly written letters. Please submit nominations via this form (closed as of deadline). The deadline is Friday, February 16th, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Email the GA President Chief of Staff if you have questions at email@example.com. We highly recommend that you notify the faculty member that you are nominating.
Previous Graduate Student Peer Mentor Awards Winners
Michael Banerjee, Ph.D. Student, Jurisprudence and Social Policy
Caleb Dawson, Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate School of Education
Emma Lurie, Ph.D. Candidate, School of Information
Alisha Menon, Ph.D Candidate, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Carolina Talavera, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology
Peter Kloess, Ph.D. Candidate in Integrative Biology
Zacharias Vangelatos, Ph.D. Candidate in Mechanical Engineering
Desirée Valadares, Ph.D. Candidate in Architecture
Previous Faculty Mentor Award Winners
Mara Loveman, Professor, Sociology
“Mara is an inspiring mentor because she mentors by example while giving students room to grow and explore in their own way. She gave me space to discover and define what academia meant to me and throughout this exploration process, provided unfailing support and inspiration. She engages with research and people on their own terms, with no ego and nothing to prove, and in so doing she elevates them.”
Mark Sandberg, Professor, Film & Media Studies, Scandinavian Studies
“Mark’s core traits as a mentor are generosity, patience, and dedication. He is our fearless leader and the one so many of us turn to first with any questions we have about our programs, projects, careers, or the university at large. He is tirelessly and unwaveringly generous and has been our lifeline throughout the pandemic. I cannot imagine a better mentor or role model as a scholar, teacher, and human being.”
Lok Siu, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies
“Rigorous and compassionate, critical and collaborative, Professor Siu has shepherded my research project from start to finish, encouraged my individual development, and supported the trajectories of my career. She has the unique ability to see the great potential in her students and has a personal investment in seeing her students develop as not just scholars, but also people. She has inspired many of us as we embark on our own academic careers to be trailblazers just like her.”
See the GA Press Release for the 2022 Faculty Mentor Awards
Timothy Bowles, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
“Tim’s example is one we strive to follow, from his pushes to include equity in conversations of science, to his thoughtful and generous approach to any collaboration, to his ability to be a wonderfully supportive father and husband while balancing the demands of remote work and an academic lifestyle. Our admiration for his choices makes his high expectations and praise guiding lights in our doctoral work.”
Drew Jacoby-Senghor, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business
“Through Drew’s counsel, we learn more about ourselves and about the world that we seek to better understand. Regardless of the road we are paving for ourselves, Drew has been standing right beside us helping clear the path. It does not matter where you are from, what you look like, how you speak, or what you know––Drew has your back.”
Maria Mavroudi, Professor, Department of History
“I have come to learn many things from Professor Mavroudi. As a scholar, she urged me to seek excellence in my work without beating myself up for human errors and know when to take a break. As a teacher, she taught me to be compassionate with my students and remember that everyone has something to learn in a classroom. As a human being, she demonstrated the value of humility in a person’s character and the worth of caring for others in life.”
See the GA Press Release for the 2021 Faculty Mentor Awards
Nikki Jones, Professor of African American Studies
“My world was being turned upside down before my eyes. I apprehensively shared my legal troubles as an undocumented student during a discussion in Professor Jones’ class. After class, she pulled me aside and assured me that around her, I was safe. She told me, “If they want to get to you, they will have to get through me.” Her words were the most validating and comforting affirmations I had heard during my time at UC Berkeley. She did not know me personally and I had never talked to her, but she was willing to put her body on the line for my safety and that meant the world to me.”
Erin Kerrison, Assistant Professor of Social Welfare
“While I have met many great people, none have approached mentorship with the full-on dedication that seemingly comes natural to Erin. I have told her on more than one occasion that she gives too much of herself and I worry that her cup may one day overflow, yet she just smiles her warm smile and says: “you let me worry about that. Just pay it forward and help others rise up. All you have to do is worry about getting this degree so you can change the world like you were meant to do.””
G. Cristina Mora, Associate Professor of Sociology
“Professor Mora has taught me that scholarship is not only about developing creative arguments; it is about participating in a community of people who have devoted their lives to understanding. Truly honoring this involves relating to each other as complete individuals who care not simply about the scholarly debates, but about the deep personal values that motivate our research and the human experience that underlies the creation of insightful academic work.”
See the GA Press Release for the 2020 Faculty Mentor Awards
- Marion Fourcade, Professor of Sociology.
- Andrew F. Jones, Professor of East Asian Languages and Louis B. Agassiz Chair in Chinese.
- Osagie Obasogie, Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics.
- Marla Feller, Professor of Neurobiology
- Carolina Reid, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning
- Britt Glaunsinger, Professor of Plant & Microbial Biology
- Imke de Pater — Professor, Astronomy
- Shari Huhndorf, Professor, Native American Studies and Ethnic Studies
- Janelle Scott — Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education and African American Studies
- Kinch Hoekstra — Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science
- Mahasin Mujahid — Assistant Professor, Public Health, Epidemiology
- Costas J. Spanos — Andrew S. Grove Distinguished Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences.
- Abigail De Kosnik — Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies
- Andrea DuBrow — School of Social Welfare
- Todd Hickey — Classics
- Katherine O’Brien O’Keeffe — English
- Jeffrey Long — Chemistry
- Maciej Zworski — Mathematics
- Andrea Peterson — Law
- Patricia Penn Hilden — Ethnic Studies
- Juana Maria Rodriguez — Gender and Women Studies
- Teresa Caldeira — City and Regional Planning
- Alastair Iles — Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
- Craig Moritz — Integrative Biology
- Jennifer Miller — English
- Barrie Thorne — Sociology
- David Ackerly — Integrative Biology
- Lisa F. Barcellos — Public Health
- Tsu-Jae King Liu — Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
- Nicholas Paige — French
- Inez Fung — Earth and Planetary Science
- Carla Hesse — History
- Loren Patridge — History of Art
- Dru Dougherty — Spanish and Portuguese
- Paola Bacchetta — Gender and Women’s Studies
- Carlos F. Daganzo — Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Richard Norgaard — Energy and Resource Group
- Willian B. Taylor — History
- Christine Wildsoet — Optometry
- Nelson Graburn — Anthropology
- Ananya Roy — City and Regional Planning, Environmental Design
- John Lindow — Scandinavian Studies
- Severin Borenstein — Haas School of Business
- David Collier — Political Science
- Jabari Mahiri — Education
- Thomas Scanlon — Mathematics
2004 Winners (first year)
- Patricia Baquedano-Lopez — LLSC, Graduate School of Education
- Sally Fairfax — Society and Environment, Division of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
- John Harte — Division of Ecosystem Sciences, ESPM College of Natural Resources, Energy and Resource Group
- Donald Moore — Social Cultural Anthropology