NM EPSCoR Mentoring Award


Mentors are able to create a professional and social relationship with students that encourage them to take the next step in their careers through listening, advising, supporting, providing feedback, increasing students’ networks, and solving problems, to name a few roles and characteristics (National Academy of Sciences, 1997). Mentors are essential to the retention of students in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields and beyond. NM EPSCoR is fortunate to have great faculty, staff, and graduate student mentors. The newly crafted NM EPSCoR Mentoring Award will give students an opportunity to honor those individuals.

Characteristics of a Great Mentor

The NM EPSCoR Mentoring Award is designed to recognize two NM EPSCoR participants who not only build relationships with students and support their academic, research, and career endeavors, but also work to create inclusive environments for our diverse students. NM EPSCoR is seeking nominations for one NM EPSCoR faculty or staff member and one NM EPSCoR graduate student who have the following characteristics:

  • Nominee has a strong interpersonal and professional relationship with those whom they mentor, including strong communication, accessibility, honesty, empathy, consistency, and patience.
  • Nominee tailors their mentoring styles and content to their mentee’s identity, including adjustments due to culture, ethnicity, gender, age, and more. Nominee also demonstrates open-mindedness and creates an inclusive environment for diverse students.
  • Nominee works to advance their mentee’s academic, research, and professional goals in directions most desired by that individual, including advising in research, promoting opportunities outside of the classroom, assisting with successful transitions, and paying attention to the pragmatic aspects of career development (Rackham Graduate School, 2015).

Eligibility for Nomination

  • Faculty, staff, post doc, or graduate student who is an active participant in the NM EPSCoR Energize New Mexico project


  • Award nominations open – February 14, 2017
  • Nomination packets due – March 17, 2017
  • Nominee statements due – March 29, 2017
  • Winners announced – April 6, 2017
  • Winners honored at NM EPSCoR All Hands Meeting 2017 – April 26 or 27

Nomination Instructions

  1. Complete online nomination form below with your and your nominee’s information.
  2. Create a Statement of Nomination of why your nominee deserves the Award (up to 1000 words). Please comment on specific aspects of how they meet the characteristics of a good mentor.
  3. Upload your Statement of Nomination in the field provided in the form. Accepted file formats are PDF and Word (.doc, .docx).
  4. NM EPSCoR will request a Statement of Mentoring Philosophy once form is received from the nominated mentor due by March 29, 2017.

Nominations are now closed


National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, & Institute of Medicine. (1997). Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend: On Being a Mentor to Students in Science and Engineering. Retrieved from

Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan. (2015). How to Mentor Graduate Students: A Guide for Faculty. Retrieved from