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Graduate School Mentoring Award for Graduate Students

2021 Winners

Brianna Benedict,  Engineering Education

Alycia Berman, Biomedical Engineering

Amani Khalil, College of Education, Counseling Psychology Program

Ankita Nikalje, College of Education, Counseling Psychology Program

About the Award

The Graduate School wants to acknowledge the essential role graduate students play in our research, teaching, and engagement missions at Purdue University. If you work with a graduate student that has made a difference in your academic career and models the attributes of what we think great mentors should be, please consider nominating them for this annual award. Graduate students dedicate a great deal of time and energy in mentoring other colleagues, and undergraduates whether  in the lab, field, or classroom. Anyone can nominate a graduate student for this award (i.e., graduate students, undergraduates, staff, faculty, or postdocs).

If you would like to nominate someone, the process is simple.  Write a nomination letter that gives an example (or many) of how this student has impacted you or others as a mentor.

The Council of Graduate Schools defines mentoring as: “… a more senior individual who provides career and psychosocial support to a junior member of a given organization. Recently, mentors have been found to exist laterally, virtually, among peers, and with individuals outside of the professional context. Mentorships center on an emotional commitment, which focuses on the protégé’s personal and professional growth. “

Please include the department(s) along with the program, lab group, or center in which they work. Nominations should be in letter form consisting of 250-500 words, and can be submitted by students, postdocs, faculty, or staff. We will accept multiple nominations of the same individual. Collaboration on letters is also welcome. 

Nominations are due by March 25, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST.  The winner will be announced on April The winner will receive an award of $1,500 and a plaque. Winners will be notified by email and posted to the Graduate School Website.

Contact Associate Dean, Melanie Morgan, ( at the Graduate School for more information.

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