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Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

The Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Awards recognize tenured faculty from any discipline who are outstanding mentors of doctoral students, who support their intellectual, creative, scholarly, and professional growth, and foster a culture of intellectual engagement in which they thrive.

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General Information

Eligibility

Tenured faculty members in any discipline may be nominated for these awards. Particular attention is given to nominations of faculty in the biological and health sciences, physical sciences, engineering, and social sciences. Faculty in the humanities and arts are recognized for mentoring excellence by the D'Arms Award for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring in the Humanities. Nominations of outstanding women, minorities and members of other groups historically underrepresented in their disciplines are encouraged.

Selection Criteria

Nominees should have a sustained record of mentoring and advising doctoral students and be active in the direction of dissertations. They should demonstrate an extraordinary generosity of spirit in fostering the intellectual, creative, scholarly and professional growth of their students at the highest level, and foster a culture of intellectual engagement in which they thrive.

Number of Awards

Five awards in the amount of $1,500.

Source of Nominations

Nominations may be submitted by deans, directors, department/program heads, promotion or award committees, or individual faculty members. To re-nominate someone previously nominated, contact Honors and Awards to activate the online dossier.

Selection Process

A committee of faculty who are recognized as outstanding mentors will review nominations and submit recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final selection. Recipients will be notified in the winter term and awards will be formally presented at a ceremony on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Deadline

The nomination deadline is 5:00pm, Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

For more information contact:

Honors and Awards
Telephone: (734) 615-0255
E-mail: honorsandawards@umich.edu

Guidelines for Preparing Nominations

As described below, a nomination dossier must include a cover sheet with contact information, a nominating letter, and curriculum vitae. Incomplete nomination dossiers cannot be reviewed. The Graduate School will add to each nomination dossier a dissertation committee service report and the Registrar’s Teaching Evaluation “Instructor Report” that tabulates quantitative data only.

The online nomination dossier may be set up by a U-M faculty or staff member. Others may be given login access to the site as needed. The nomination system may be accessed as often as needed in order to complete the nomination dossier. All materials must be uploaded in Adobe PDF format.

Cover Sheet

Complete the online cover sheet with all information requested for both the nominee and the nominator—not the administrator who may have initiated the dossier.

Nominating Letter

As selection committee members represent a range of disciplines and may not be familiar with the nominee’s field, describe the nominee’s skills and dedication as a mentor in a way that conveys their significance to those not acquainted with the field. Given the number of engaged faculty, the letter should explain why the nominee’s particular contributions to mentoring are exceptional and deserving of this honor. Letters should discuss, for example, the nominee’s mentoring style, how the nominee mentors students in diverse career paths, the extent to which the nominee mentors students in teaching, and how the nominee mentors students in their professional development. The letter may incorporate quotations from former and current students, peers and faculty with whom the nominee has co-taught.

The letter may be no longer than 2,000 words. A new letter may be submitted for re-nominations to replace the earlier letter, or an addendum may be submitted to update the dossier.

Letters should show how the nominee:

  • Models an impressive record of excellence in research and/or creative work, teaching skills, academic and professional integrity, publication or artistic presentation, and the ability to obtain funding
  • Ensures that students master the key content and skills of their discipline
  • Attracts students to Michigan and to his or her field of study
  • Promotes successful completion of students' graduate work and degree programs
  • Creates a rigorous and supportive environment for scholarship, research, and/or artistic production
  • Maintains accessibility by providing consistently open lines of communication with students
  • Provides students with the confidence, encouragement, and resources necessary to take full advantage of academic and professional opportunities
  • Integrates students into the broader culture of the discipline
  • Collaborates with other faculty in building stimulating intellectual cultures in which students thrive
  • Advances and enriches students' long-term professional development—whatever career path the student may choose
  • Contributes generally to graduate education at the University of Michigan

Curriculum Vitae

Provide the nominee’s current c.v. Please include placement information for students whose dissertation committees the nominee has chaired during the past fifteen years.

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Recipients of the Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award

2017

  • Jennifer J. Linderman, Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Biomedical Engineering
  • Miriam H. Meisler, Myron Levine Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics and Neurology
  • Suzanne M. Moenter, Fred J. Karsch Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
  • John Montgomery, Margaret and Herman Sokol Professor in the Department of Chemistry
  • Lutgarde M. Raskin, Altarum/ERIM Russell O’Neal Professor of Environmental Engineering

2016

  • Allen Hicken, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Michael Imperiale, Arthur F Thurnau Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
  • Cagliyan Kurdak, Professor of Physics
  • Dale Ulrich, Professor of Movement Sciences

2015

  • Mark Banaszak Holl, Professor of Biophysics, Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Victor Li, E. Benjamin Wylie Collegiate Professor of Civil Engineering, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Professor of Macromolecular Science and Engineering
  • David Neuhoff, Joseph E. and Anne P. Rowe Professor of Electrical Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Stephanie Rowley, Professor of Psychology
  • Elizabeth Wingrove, Professor of Political Science and Professor of Women's Studies

2014

  • Roy Clarke, Marcellus L. Wiedenbeck Collegiate Professor of Physics
  • John Jackson, M. Kent Jennings Collegiate Professor of Political Science
  • Anna Mapp, Edwin Vedejs Collegiate Professor of Chemistry
  • Shuichi Takayama, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Science and Engineering

2013

  • Gerald Davis, Wilbur K. Pierpont Professor of Management and Professor of Sociology
  • Sioban Harlow, Professor of Epidemiology
  • Lori Isom, Professor of Pharmacology and Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
  • Daniel Klionsky, Alexander G. Ruthven Professor of Life Sciences and Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Ronald Koenig, Professor of Internal Medicine

2012

  • Jeffrey Fessler, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Radiology
  • Lorraine Gutierrez, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Psychology, and Professor of Social Work
  • Rachel Kaplan, Samuel Trask Dana Professor of Environment and Behavior, Professor of Natural Resources, and Professor of Psychology
  • James Morrow, Professor of Political Science and Research Professor, Center for Political Studies

2011

  • Sally Camper, Human Genetics
  • Carol Fierke, Chemistry
  • Howard Kimeldorf, Sociology
  • Ormond MacDougald, Molecular and Integrative Physiology
  • Theodore Norris, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

2010

  • Mary Corcoran, Public Policy & Political Science
  • Ruth Dunkle, Social Work
  • Joseph Krajcik, Education
  • Duncan Steel, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Earl Werner, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

2009

  • Margaret Gnegy, Pharmacology
  • Theresa Lee, Psychology
  • Karin Martin, Sociology and Women’s Studies
  • Bradford Orr, Physics
  • James Wight, Civil and Environmental Engineering

2008

  • Robert Franzese, Political Science
  • Carol Loveland-Cherry, Nursing
  • Mark Mizruchi, Sociology
  • Michael Morris, Chemistry
  • Beverly Rathcke, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Jessica Schwartz, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology

2007

  • David Engelke, Biological Chemistry
  • Mike Woodroofe, Leonard J Savage Professor of Statistics
  • Demosthenis Teneketzis, EECS
  • Rosemary Sarri, School of Social Work, Center for Political Studies, ISR
  • Bobbi Low, SNRE

2006

  • Kate Barald, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Mark Meyerhoff, Chemistry
  • Philip Savage, Chemical Engineering
  • Norbert Schwarz, Psychology
  • Lynn Walter, Geological Sciences