Graduate Student Mentoring Award

The Graduate Student Mentoring Award has been established to recognize graduate students at the University of Florida who take time to help others succeed as graduate or undergraduate students or in K-12 classrooms (i.e., working with K-12 students and/or teachers). The award is particularly designed to acknowledge the mentoring contribution from the graduate students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines, including SBE (Social, Behavioral and Economic) sciences.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) to develop specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth. For I-Cubed purposes, mentoring examples include, but are not limited to: peer mentorship (mentoring less experienced or new students in the program or department), career counseling, helping undergraduates to prepare for a graduate program, conducting research and co-authoring/presenting research results, providing guidance on how to effectively collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary areas, and helping K-12 classrooms (students and teachers) with science endeavors.

2014 Graduate Student Mentoring Award


Application package is due by 5:00 PM on September 22, 2014

This award is co-sponsored by UF’s Graduate School and the I-Cubed Program.

Award Details

Up to 6 awards ($500 each) will be given. The awardees will be officially recognized during Graduate Student Research Day on October 28th, 2014.

Awards will be given to student-mentors who provided or currently provide:

  • Peer-to-peer mentoring of graduate students
  • Mentoring of undergraduate students
  • Mentoring in a K-12 classroom (working with K-12 students and/or teachers)

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant (i.e., nominee) must be a UF graduate student in either the PhD or Master’s program at the time of application.
  • Engaged in a mentor-mentee relationship in any of the following categories during an academic year:
    • undergraduate students
    • graduate students
    • K-12 students
    • K-12 teachers

Review Process

The applications will be reviewed by a committee of I-Cubed affiliated faculty and graduate students. Criteria for selection will include but is not limited to:

  • Applicant’s mentoring philosophy,
  • The effectiveness of the mentoring experience,
  • The contributions of the mentor to the mentee’s successful professional growth,
  • Mentor’s academic and professional achievements, and
  • A bonus point will be given to those who encouraged mentees’ interest in STEM disciplines, including SBE sciences.

Application Requirements

The application package must include:

  • A completed application form, including a brief summary of academic and career accomplishments to date, awards or other recognition for academic performance or other activities, leadership positions, and any other relevant information.
  • Two-page personal statement highlighting individual’s mentoring philosophy, why mentoring is important, what mentoring if any the applicant received and how this affected his/her desire to become a mentor. The statement should also include the description of individual’s overall mentoring efforts and views on the broader impacts of his/her efforts. The personal statement should be attached to the application form (see submission instructions below).
  • Two letters of recommendation from a faculty advisor, graduate coordinator, school principal, teacher, current or former mentee. It is highly recommended that one letter be at least from either the faculty advisor or the graduate coordinator of the graduate student’s department, and one letter be from a current or former mentee. Letters of recommendation should be submitted via the form below; it is the applicant’s responsibility to provide this link to his/her faculty advisor, graduate coordinator, school principal, teacher, current or former mentee.

Submission Instructions

This year, the entire application can be submitted on this website!

Please click on the following links to access the appropriate form:

Any questions regarding this award should be sent to Nargiza Ludgate,

Past winners

2013 Graduate Students Mentoring Awardees

2012 Graduate Student Mentoring Awardees

Post Award Expectations

Recipients of the award will be invited to participate in events designed to share and discuss awardees’ mentoring experience with UF community (e.g., through panels or workshops). These events will be sponsored by I-Cubed Program and the Graduate School. The awardees will be also encouraged to develop an activity or mini-project in their departments/program/colleges that would advocate for mentoring activities among all graduate students. I-Cubed can provide funding support for such activity or mini-project.

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