Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Postdoctoral Scholars

The Award for Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Postdoctoral Scholars recognizes the dedication to mentoring shown by faculty members who help guide postdoctoral research associates through the postdoctoral stage of their careers.

Two Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Postdoctoral Scholars will be given each year, one in each category below:

Visiting and other temporary appointments are not eligible for these awards.

Faculty mentors can only be nominated for this award by scholars who have completed their postdoctoral appointment at UCF or by any UCF graduate faculty member who is familiar with the nominee’s postdoctoral mentoring history and proficiency.


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 Postdoctoral Scholars 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 postdoctoral scholar mentoring from the nominated faculty member.


The winners will receive a plaque, a $ 1,000 award to be used for professional purposes, and recognition during Founders Day in early April.

Past Winners