The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts; Faculty Affairs; and the Graduate School invite nominations for the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring by a Graduate Student or Post Doc Award. This award recognizes outstanding undergraduate research mentoring by OSU graduate students and postdocs. Recipients will have direct and significant involvement with undergraduate student researchers, a demonstrable commitment to the research mentorship of undergraduate students, and a record of effectiveness and impact with respect to undergraduate student research and success.  

Award Details

The recipient will receive a plaque with their name engraved on it and an award in the amount of $1,000. Graduate students and postdocs already on an appointment are eligible to receive this award.

Eligibility

  • Nominee is a current postdoc or graduate student in a graduate degree-seeking program at Oregon State University
  • If a graduate student, nominee must be making satisfactory academic progress as determined by their graduate program
  • Nominee must have provided significant mentorship to undergraduate students in research-related endeavors at Oregon State University within the past three years

Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality of nominating letter 
  • Quality of additional letter(s) of support
  • Nominee’s overall effectiveness and impact in undergraduate research mentoring as described in the nominating letters and nominee’s statement. Measures of effectiveness and impact may include, but are not limited to accessibility, dependability, guidance in the undergraduate student’s research activities and learning, and demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive research environment supportive of undergraduate student success and belonging in the research context and on campus.
  • Quality of nominee’s statement and CV or résumé 

Nomination Period

The nomination period begins on March 1, 2020. All nominations must be submitted by 8 a.m., May 4, 2020. Awards will be determined in June 2020.

Nomination Procedure

Nominees can not apply directly for this award. Graduate program directors or unit chairs/heads, or in the case of postdocs, the PI or other appropriate staff member who can speak to the nominee’s mentorship of undergraduate students, may submit nominations. Each unit (as defined by university major code) may nominate no more than ONE nominee (total) per award cycle.

    Nomination Form

    Submit a nomination

    Nomination form overview

    In the online nomination form, nominators will be required to prepare/upload the following materials as one PDF document using the following file name convention:
    "Nominee's Last Name_Department_Mentor.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form.

    1. A letter of nomination from the nominee’s graduate program director or unit chair/head. The letter should address the nominee’s overall effectiveness and impact in undergraduate research mentoring. Measures of effectiveness and impact may include, but are not limited to accessibility, dependability, guidance in the undergraduate student’s research activities and learning, and demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive research environment supportive of undergraduate student success and belonging in the research context and on campus.
    2. Up to two additional letters of support from the nominee's undergraduate mentees that can speak to the nominee's mentorship and commitment to research.
    3. A statement from the nominee describing their academic and professional goals and overall mentoring experience.
    4. A copy of the nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae.