Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students

The Award for Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students recognizes the dedication and mentoring shown by faculty members who helped guide their students through their academic and professional development.

Two awards in Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students will be given each year, one in each of the following discipline categories:

Faculty members can only be nominated for this award by individuals who graduated with their UCF doctoral degrees within 2023 (May, August, or December graduations) or by any UCF graduate faculty.


The criteria to be assessed in making this award are as follows:

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted electronically to Dr. John Weishampel at gradawards@ucf.edu in the College of Graduate Studies for consideration for the Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students Award on or before 5:00 p.m. on January 19, 2024.

Nominations will be reviewed by a faculty committee and recommendations for the awards will be sent to the Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, who makes the final selection and notifies recipients.

The nomination must include

The content of your nomination will be anonymous unless you give permission to quote from the statements.

Upon receipt of a nomination, the College of Graduate Studies will solicit a one-page statement of a personal philosophy about student mentoring from the nominated faculty member.


The winner in each discipline category will receive a plaque, publicity and a cash award to be used for professional purposes at Founders Day in early April.

Past Winners