S. Laurie Sanderson Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring Guidelines

Nomination Guidelines

Up to two awards of $250 will be provided annually in each of the two existing graduate student award categories in A&S, (a) Humanities and Social Sciences and (b) Natural and Computational Sciences. Unlike the Teaching Assistant awards that are currently offered within some departments/programs, this award recognizes mentoring in the context of undergraduate scholarship and research outside of classroom teaching. Such mentoring might include, among other examples, graduate students who mentor undergraduates in the context of the undergraduate students’ senior theses, honors theses, writing projects, term papers, or research in a laboratory, field site, museum, or archive.

Undergraduate students and faculty are invited to nominate current graduate students using this Nomination form. Complete nominations are due by email to [[sgglos, Sarah Glosson]] by no later than 5:00 p.m., February 9, 2018.

A&S graduate students who are registered in 2017-18 are eligible for nomination and the graduate student must not have graduated by May 2018. The nominations can recognize current or previous mentoring. Graduate students will not be told that they are being nominated. Except in the case of an unavoidable conflict, graduate students are asked to be present at the Graduate Research Symposium awards luncheon in order to receive the award.

Only complete nominations consisting of a nomination form from a current or past W&M undergraduate student AND a separate nomination form from a current or past W&M faculty member will be evaluated. Nomination forms must be submitted by individuals and cannot have multiple co-signers, although additional undergraduate students and faculty members may submit separate forms nominating the same graduate student. The content of the nomination forms will be used to determine the award recipients, but the number of nomination forms received for a graduate student will not be a factor. Receipt of each nomination will be acknowledged by return e-mail within 24 hours. Late nomination forms will not be considered.

A panel of W&M faculty and Graduate Studies Advisory Board members will rank the nominations. The judging panel retains the right to make fewer awards, depending on number and content of nominations received.