Outstanding Mentor Award


This award acknowledges and honors a person who has enjoyed outstanding success in mentoring graduate students in the Southern Region.


$1,000 and a plaque.  The award will be presented at our in-person annual conference to be held in Raleigh, NC, February 17-19, 2022.


  • Any full-time tenured faculty member of a CSGS member institution who has successfully mentored a cadre of graduate students at the master’s or doctoral level.
  • Nominees must have gained distinction as a mentor on the nominating campus.
  • Reputation for facilitating student learning by making complex ideas understandable and meaningful to students.
  • Establishment and maintenance of high academic standards.
  • Positive role modeling as a professional, with personal integrity, high ethical standards, and achievable standards for personal excellence.
  • Consistent and ongoing guidance of students regarding resources within and outside the university, conflict resolution, and advocacy for completion of the program of study in a timely manner.
  • Substantial influence on the academic and professional pursuits of students that may include funded research, co-authorship on publications, and co-presentations at national or international conferences.
  • Nominees must have a demonstrated and continuing success as a mentor over a significant portion of the candidate’s career.

Nomination and Selection Process

Faculty members must be nominated by their institutional colleagues; they may not nominate themselves. An institution can nominate only one candidate per award cycle. Nominations should include the following materials and be submitted as a complete package:

  • A summary (2-page maximum) of the nominee’s qualifications for the award.
  • A letter of endorsement from the graduate dean (or equivalent) of the nominee (2-page maximum). In the event that the graduate dean is nominated, the letter should be from the dean’s current provost or president.
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae of the nominee (8-page maximum).
  • 3 letters of recommendation (each letter is limited to 2 pages) from former graduate students attesting to the mentoring provided by the nominee. The recommender must provide evidence of how the nominee contributed to the recommender’s success and achievements.
  • 2 letters of support from departmental colleagues (each letter is limited to 2 pages).
  • A single PDF, electronic copy of the complete original nomination package MUST be submitted to the Award Committee Chair. No incomplete packets will be considered. Name the file: CSGS_Outstanding_Mentoring_Award_LastName_FirstName_InstitutionName.pdf

Please send submissions to csgsconference@gmail.com and include “Nomination Mentor Award” in the subject line.

The Awards Committee will review nominations and make its recommendation to the CSGS Executive Committee in December.


November 5, 2021