Call for Nominations for 2015 AAAS Mentor Awards:

Posted on April 1, 2015

The AAAS Mentor Awards Program has opened its call for nominations for the 2015 AAAS Mentor Awards to be presented at the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting, February 11-15 in Washington, DC

The two categories of the AAAS Mentor Awards (Lifetime Mentor Award and Mentor Award) both aim to honor individuals who, during their careers, demonstrate extraordinary leadership to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science and engineering fields and careers. These groups include: women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities.

Both awards recognize an individual who has mentored and guided significant numbers of students from underrepresented groups to the completion of doctoral studies or who has impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies. It is important to indicate in the nomination materials how the nominee’s work resulted in departmental and/or institutional change in terms of the granting of PhDs to underrepresented students. This can be documented not only with quantitative data, but may also be demonstrated through the student and colleague letters of support.

Both award category recipients receive: a monetary prize of $5,000, a commemorative plaque, complimentary registration, and reimbursement for reasonable travel and hotel expenses to attend the AAAS Annual Meeting.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for the AAAS Mentor Awards and have more information on the criteria please visit the Mentor Awards site.

You are encouraged to make your applications as clear as possible. While The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) recognizes mentoring at all levels, the AAAS Mentor Awards recognizes individuals who are mentoring and producing STEM PhDs. Reviewers consider the following guidelines during the selection process:

·         Candidate mentored a significant number of students from underrepresented groups (i.e., women of all racial or ethnic groups; African American, Native American, and Hispanic men; and people with disabilities) who earned PhDs in a STEM field.  

·         Candidate has shaped or impacted the climate of a department, college, or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students who earned STEM PhDs.

·         Candidate demonstrated continued interest in the educational and professional development of students mentored before and during the pursuit of the STEM PhD.

·         Candidate provided students with psychological support, encouragement, and essential strategies for life in the scholarly community before and during the pursuit of the STEM PhD. 

·         Candidate created opportunities for students such as helping students present and/or publish their research, or introducing students to key professionals/researchers in the field before and during the pursuit of the STEM PhD. 

 Also if a nominee is an administrator, please explain specifically what he or she did beyond their role as an administrator that led to an increase in the number of students who earned STEM PhDs.