The University recognizes and celebrates the contributions and achievements that MU faculty make to advance graduate and postdoctoral education.
Graduate Faculty Mentor Award
The MU Graduate Faculty Mentor Award recognizes the mentoring relationship a graduate faculty advisor has developed with graduate students.
A $1,500 honorarium is awarded to the graduate faculty member selected for this award. Only full-time, active, current graduate faculty on the MU campus are eligible.
Each department or program may nominate one faculty member. Nominators should consult with graduate students in the department or program before selecting a nominee. Past recipients of the award are not eligible. Nominations from previous years do not carry over.
Nomination packets should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Grad Mentor Award Nomination”
Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Award
The Outstanding Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) Award honors a faculty member who is serving as a DGS for their exceptional leadership and commitment to their graduate program and graduate students. Awardees demonstrate innovative practices in graduate education, strong support and advocacy of graduate students, and significant advancements or positive contributions to their graduate program.
Submit a letter of nomination from the Department Chair stating why this DGS should receive the award and any other supporting documents that support the nomination. You can include letters from students, colleagues and staff.
Postdoctoral Faculty Mentor Award
This award represents appreciation for an individual who has demonstrated either a profound, sustained, or leadership contribution to improving the postdoctoral experience.
The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to improving the postdoctoral experience through:
- Pioneering efforts to improve postdoctoral policies, benefits, and programs.
- Influencing sustained leadership in national systemic and/or local change for the improvement of the postdoctoral experience.
- Advocating and raising awareness of significant and important issues that have significantly altered the postdoctoral scholar landscape.
- Contributing to professional development, career development and resource development for postdoctoral scholars.
- Creating agency and opportunity for postdoctoral research and advancement into academic and nonacademic careers.