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. 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 adviser and mentor and the ways in which they have furthered your teaching, 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.

The Graduate Mentoring Award Committee, composed of graduate students, faculty, and the McGraw Center's directors, will select the winners. Please return nominations by Monday, March 20, 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.


Previous recipients of the Graduate Mentoring Award may be nominated again if five years have passed since they were last recognized.  Please consult the list of recipients below before nominating faculty candidates.

Award Recipients

2016: Harriet Flower, Classics; Lawrence Rosen, Anthropology; Kenneth Norman, Psychology; and Michael Celia, Civil and Environmental Engineering

2015: Janet Currie, Economics; Michael Mueller, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Imani Perry, African American Studies; and Daniel Sigman, Geosciences

2014: Robert Cava, Chemistry; Sara McLanahan, Woodrow Wilson School; Jacqueline Stone and Stephen F. Teiser, Religion’ and Sigurd Wagner, Engineering

2013: Alison Gammie, Molecular Biology; Michael McAlpine, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering; Gideon Rosen, Philosophy; and Viviana Zelizer, Sociology

2012: João Biehl, Anthropology; Caryl Emerson, Slavic Languages and Literatures; Stacey A. Sinclair, Psychology; and Ramon van Handel, Operations Research and Financial Engineering

2011: Michael Jennings, German; Michael Gordin, History; J. Nicole Shelton, Psychology; and Jennifer Rexford, Computer Science

2010: Sara Kay, French and Italian; Igor Klebanov, Physics; Stephen Kotkin, History; and Margaret Martonosi, Electrical Engineering

2009: Susan Fiske, Psychology. Claire Gmachl, Electrical Engineering’ Susan Naquin, History and East Asian Studies; and Jeffrey Stout, Religion

2008: Robert Calderbank, Applied and Computational Math; Richard Okada, East Asian Studies; Richard Register, Chemical Engineering; and Mark Watson, Economics

2007: Michael Cook, Near Eastern Studies; Paul DiMaggio, Sociology, Daniel Osherson, Psychology; and Christodoulos Floudas, Chemical Engineering

2006: Charles Beitz, Politics, Stefan Bernhard, Chemistry, William Gleason, English, and Paul Prucnal, Electrical Engineering

2005: Sanjeev Arora, Computer Science; Edward Eigen, Architecture; Noreen Goldman, Woodrow Wilson School; and John Krommes, Astrophysical Sciences

2004: Philip Johnson-Laird, Psychology; Niraj K. Jha, Electrical Engineering; Robert Tignor, History; and Timothy P. Watson, English

2003: John Cooper, Philosophy; Luigi Martinelli, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Thomas Silhavy, Molecular Biology; and Robert Wuthnow, Sociology

2002: Sara Curran, Sociology; Barbara Hahn, Germanic Languages and Literatures; Mansour Shayegan, Electrical Engineering; and Elias Stein, Mathematics