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2021 Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award

Together with the Graduate Student Association, the Office of Graduate Studies and Research is pleased to recognize this year's winner of the Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award. This award is intended to recognize faculty who serve as exemplary mentors to graduate students in Arts & Sciences. Adwait Nadkarni, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, has been chosen for this honor based on several enthusiastic letters of nomination from his graduate advisees.

The Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award is made possible through partnership and support from the A&S Graduate Studies Advisory Board, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The Graduate Student Association was instrumental in initiating this award.

nadkarni_adwait.jpgAward Citation for Professor Adwait Nadkarni

Dr. Nadkarni’s mentoring style is described by his advisees as positive and encouraging. Within his cybersecurity research lab, he emphasizes the development of his students’ independence as researchers while fostering a collaborative atmosphere. Professor Nadkarni stresses the importance of strong communication skills and is generous with deep, clear feedback on academic writing. Moreover, he engages his advisees in regular discussions of current work in the field and seeks out extra opportunities for them to expand their skills in research and leadership.

Described by his advisees as an inspiring role model, students note Professor Nadkarni’s commitment to their success and growth. This exemplary mentorship has resulted in his advisees’ work being accepted to top journals and conferences at high rates.

For the many ways in which he serves as a role model for graduate mentorship, it is fitting that Professor Nadkarni be recognized with the 2021 Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award.