Outstanding Mentor Award

Applications open: Monday, January 11, 2021

Applications close: Monday, February 8, 2021



The Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence in mentorship on all ASU campuses. Qualifying mentoring includes work with undergraduate students, graduate students, or community members. Mentoring through formal programs (e.g., Shades, Big Brothers Big Sisters) qualifies, as does independent mentoring and assisting students with their research. Teaching assistants (such as those leading a lab session, helping students during office hours, and other responsibilities that do not involve classroom teaching) are encouraged to apply. If you are the sole instructor of a course, and are responsible for teaching all sessions of a course, then please apply to the Teaching Excellence Award.


Program Information

Who is eligible?

All students enrolled in at least one credit hour in an ASU graduate or professional program.
*Applicants can only receive each award once during the completion of their academic degree.

What is the prize?
The winners of the Outstanding Mentor Award receive a $750 monetary prize, GPSA-endorsed certificate for excellent mentorship, recognition on GPSA website and newsletter, and are honored at the Annual Awards Ceremony in Spring 2021.

*Prize amount may vary for International Students due to taxes.

What’s the process?

Application: August 20 – September 16

  • All applicants need to submit an online application through ZoomGrants along with a CV and letter of reference (see application materials below) by September 16, 11:59pm MST.
  • Each application will be thoroughly evaluated—in a blind review process—by trained peer-reviewers of the Awards Committee. Their evaluation criteria will consist of (but not be limited to) the relevance of your mentoring experience, as well as its influence, potential development, and overall impact on the mentees. Consult the applicant rubric for scoring criteria.
  • Important note: Because we evaluate applications in a blind review process, please make sure your name does not appear on the Zoomgrants application (only your initials, such as J.S. for John Smith) or on any of the documents. If necessary, blackout your name from headers, listed publication titles, events, etc. If your name appears, your application will be disqualified. No exceptions will be made.

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Applicant Rubric

  • Decisions: November 5, 2020

    • The Awards Committee reaches the final decisions based on the online application and the required documents.
    • GPSA will promptly email award letters to the winners.
    • Winners are awarded a $750 prize and a GPSA-endorsed mentorship excellence certificate at the prestigious GPSA Awards Ceremony in Spring 2020.


Application and Required Documents

All online applications are completed through Zoom Grants website here. The application consists of questions regarding your current mentoring experience and its impact on your mentees.

The mentor portfolio (to be uploaded to each individual application) is comprised of the following documents:

  • An abbreviated CV (no more than 4 pages) highlighting service, leadership and mentorship. Please do not include your name on the CV, as we maintain a blind review process.
  • letter of reference from either a staff, faculty, or community member familiar with the applicant’s mentorship. Ask your recommender to not include your name on the letter, due to our blind review process.



If you have questions, please contact GPSA’s Awards Team (gpsa.awards@gmail.com) or ask a question in the Awards section of the GPSA Forum.


The Outstanding Mentor Award program is run by the Office of Professional Development, overseen by Nivedita Mahesh, the  Vice President of Professional Development and Marisol Juarez Rivera,  the Director of Awards.