Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award

The Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award recognizes the exemplary service of a graduate adviser. Graduate advisers provide an invaluable service to the university and its community of students, faculty and staff, and the award is one of the few opportunities available to recognize these individuals.

One award is presented annually. Nominees are not required to have served a minimum number of years, but the selection committee may consider length of term in choosing the award recipient. In general, nominations should be restricted to graduate advisers currently serving. All prizes will be announced in spring of 2023.


The award committee will look for the following criteria in making the award:

  • The nominee’s role in recruiting and retaining high quality graduate students
  • The nominee’s availability/accessibility to graduate students and sensitivity to their needs
  • The nominee’s record of preventing as well as resolving problems
  • The nominee’s contribution to the professional and academic development of graduate students
  • The nominee’s effectiveness in administering the graduate program
  • The nominee’s contribution to governance of graduate programs (e.g. serving on university committees concerning graduate education or the Graduate Assembly) and his/her ability to work effectively with faculty and other administrators on issues pertaining to graduate education


Nominations must be submitted using the Graduate School’s online awards system. Nominations must be initiated by academic deans, department chairs or program directors.

To complete the online application, collect the following:

  • A nomination letter from the academic dean, department chair or program director briefly describing why this individual is being nominated
  • As many as three letters of support, including at least one from a current or former student. Letters of support should focus on the nominee’s contributions in his or her role as graduate adviser as opposed to other administrative or faculty roles.
  • Dates of service as a graduate adviser
  • Optional: Graduate program materials relevant to the nomination. If materials are submitted, describe the nominee’s role in their production or development (e.g. conceptualization, design, writing, editing, etc.).