Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Mentoring Award

Purpose: To recognize outstanding performance as a mentor to undergraduate and/or graduate students in the College of Human Sciences.

Amount of award: $500

Eligibility: Tenure-track, tenured, term faculty or a staff member who advises undergraduate or graduate students and have been employed at least one year in Iowa State University’s College of Human Sciences

Number of awards: One per year, although the College of Human Sciences Awards Committee reserves the right not to select any recipient in a given year.

Criteria: Evidence of a strong commitment to mentoring students and effectiveness in promoting the development of advisees and students as early professionals. Selection is based on evidence of exemplary service to students.


  1. Submissions must be in .pdf form and submitted via email to chsaward-submit@iastate.edu by 11:59pm on the first Tuesday in February. Please name your PDF file “Award title, Last name of nominee” before submitting it (ex: Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Mentoring Award, Lee).
  2. Complete the nomination form.
  3. All letters should be on relevant letterhead, addressed to the College of Human Sciences Faculty and Staff Awards Committee, and signed by letter writer. Nominations for this award may be submitted by an individual or employing unit. Letters should be written specifically for the nomination.
  4. Nominating letter: A letter of no more than three pages that cites the reasons the nominee is deserving of this award, the percentage of time that is specifically assigned to advising and mentoring, and the number of undergraduate and graduate students advised. Nominators should also attend to the nominee’s knowledge of university, college and departmental policies/procedures and resources which assist students in reaching their career goals; interest in and concern for students; involvement in student service-related committees at department, college and university levels; involvement in other student service-related activities (workshops, seminars, etc.) and/or professional organizations (membership, conference attendance, etc.) and opportunities that enhance advising; and years of dedicated service in advising.
  5. Curriculum vitae
  6. Student letters: Include at least two statements of no more than one page from students who are in a position to comment on the nominee’s excellence in advising and mentoring and the nominee’s contribution to the student’s professional growth.
  7. Nominee statement about his/her/their philosophy of advising and mentoring. No more than 2 pages.