We invite graduate students 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. The Graduate Mentoring Award Committee, composed of graduate students, faculty, and the McGraw Center's directors, will select the winners. A call for nominations will be sent in early spring.
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 faculty member: that is, as a student, as an advisee, or as a teaching or research assistant.
- Descriptions and examples of how the faculty member is an exceptional adviser and mentor and the ways in which the faculty member has 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.
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.
2021: Meredith Martin, English, Margot Canaday, History, Casey Lew-Williams, Psychology, Howard Stone, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2020: Yuxin Chen, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ileana Cristea, Molecular Biology, Brandon Stewart, Sociology, Judith Weisenfeld, Religion
2019: Emily Carter, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Erika Milam, History/History of Science; Jonathan Pillow, Psychology and Neuroscience; Anna Shields, East Asian Studies
2018: Bridget Alsdorf, Art and Archaeology; Hendrik Hartog, History; Yael Niv, Psychology and the Princeton Neuroscience Institute; Stanislas Shvartsman, Chemical and Biological Engineering
2017: Christopher Achen, Politics; Elizabeth Levy Paluck, Psychology and Public Affairs; Sankaran Sundaresan, Chemical and Biological Engineering; Muhammad Qasim Zaman, Near Eastern Studies and Religion
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, The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; 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, The Princeton School of Public and International Affairs; 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