A subcommittee of the Graduate Council will convene to consider the nominations. The following criteria will be used:

  1. A nominee must embody attributes of high quality mentoring, such as those described in the Best Practices for Faculty Mentoring of Graduate Students adopted by the Graduate Council on March 6, 2006 (or subsequent revisions).
  2. A nominee may receive each Mentoring Award only once.

After the subcommittee has reviewed nominations for each award, recommendations will be forwarded to the Graduate Council for approval.

Due to public health concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Student Mentoring Award and the 2020 Faculty Mentoring Award will be presented to the award recipients privately in lieu of a public ceremony. We will update this website in mid-March with biographies and headshots of the award recipients.

A $2,500 prize accompanies both of the Carol D. Soc Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Awards, for junior and senior faculty. This may be received as a salary payment through payroll of the entire amount (which is taxable), as a summer grant to a graduate student or as a fund to support graduate mentoring activities. Recipients will be profiled in campus publications.