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Laney Graduate School seeks nominations for new mentorship awards

Emory Report | March 5, 2015

The Laney Graduate School seeks nominations for two new awards recognizing the importance of mentorship in graduate education. Laney Graduate School seeks nominations for new mentorship awards

The Laney Graduate School seeks nominations for two new awards recognizing the importance of mentorship in graduate education. Named for an Emory faculty member and mentor, the Eleanor Main Graduate Faculty Mentor Award and the Eleanor Main Graduate Student Mentor Award will be presented annually during commencement.

Nominations for both awards are due by 5 p.m. on March 23. The awards carry a monetary prize.

"Mentorship is a unique cornerstone of graduate education," says Lisa Tedesco, dean of Laney Graduate School, vice provost for academic affairs – graduate studies, and professor in the Rollins School of Public Health. "Faculty mentors shape the graduate student experience in ways that advance academic progress while also preparing students for success in their careers and as engaged global citizens.

"Mentors care about student interests and wellbeing, work with them to set goals and chart a path forward. In turn, well mentored students become the next generation of excellent mentors, wherever their research and scholarship may take them," Tedesco explains in a letter announcing the awards.

Main, who passed away in 2008, joined the Emory faculty in 1969, serving in multiple leadership positions, including chair of the department of political science, director of the division of educational studies, acting dean of Emory College, interim dean of the Laney Graduate School, associate dean of both the College and Laney Graduate School, and associate vice provost for graduate studies.

"The impact of Dr. Main at Emory cannot be overstated. A strong advocate for colleagues and students, her legacy of leadership at Emory is grounded in scholarship, wisdom, generosity, compassion, and commitment to the values that inform and guide the work we do at the Laney Graduate School and, indeed, Emory University," Tedesco says.

To nominate a graduate student for the award, a complete nomination must include:

  • a nomination letter with the nominee's full name, address, email address, phone number, graduate program, and a detailed description of the nominee's mentoring achievements over his/her graduate student career;
  • support letters demonstrating the nominee's significant contributions to mentoring from graduate students and others, including students they teach;
  • a complete, current CV of the nominee;
  • a list of mentees (name, type of training, dates they were mentored, current position/location when relevant).

To nominate a faculty member for the award, a complete nomination must include:

  • a nomination letter with the nominee's full name, address, email address, phone number, graduate program, primary academic appointment, and a detailed description of the nominee's mentoring achievements of his/her academic career;
  • support letters from graduate students which demonstrate the nominee's significant contributions to mentoring;
  • a complete, current CV of the nominee;
  • a list of mentees (name, type of training, dates they were mentored, current position/location).

Email nominations to Donna Lynch Cunningham at dlynchc@emory.edu or mail to:

Donna Lynch Cunningham
Laney Graduate School, Emory University
200 Administration Building
201 Dowman Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322