Research and Mentoring Awards

In celebration of the exceptional research and mentorship taking place in the college, CBS has created a series of awards to recognize the commitment, inspiration and guidance provided by our faculty, staff and students. If you are interested in nominating someone for a research or mentorship award, please take note of the terms of eligibility and relevant deadlines of each.


Award descriptions and nominations forms:
 

CBS is pleased to announce the launch of a new award recognizing the best paper published by a graduate student during the preceding year. There will be three awards in total, valued at $500 each, with one award granted per department.

Eligibility: Any student in a CBS graduate program who:

  1. is currently enrolled, or was enrolled for at least one semester in the 2018 calendar year, and
  2. has produced a first-author or co-first author paper that was published (or accepted) into a peer-reviewed journal between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Where two students have are co-first authors, they may be jointly nominated. 

Note: A student may be nominated for a paper only once (either as accepted or published).

Students must be nominated by their primary advisor. Faculty nominators must submit the following:

  1. A copy of the published paper (or pre-print, along with notification of acceptance from the journal)
  2. A cover letter that addresses the following adjudication criteria:
    • the originality, impact and/or other significance of the paper to the discipline
    • the student’s role in experimental design, carrying out the experiment(s), and preparing the manuscript. The letter should also provide) any additional information that may be relevant (e.g., quality of the journal). The length of this letter should not exceed 2 pages.

Nominations must be submitted to Sarah Bates, Research Manager, in the CBS Associate Dean of Research office by April 1, 2019. Recipients will be selected by the CBS Graduate Awards Committee and notified by April 30, 2019.

Graduate students are invited to nominate a faculty member within the College of Biological Science who has demonstrated excellence and/or innovation in the supervision and mentorship of graduate trainees.

Nominations will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. quality of the graduate training environment provided by the nominee (*see below)
  2. impact on graduate students
  3. commitment and dedication to training and mentoring. Quality of the graduate training environment can include, but is not limited to, the following:
  • opportunities for regular interaction with advisor;
  • opportunities to participate in outreach activities and/or conferences, and to interact with collaborators/partners/stakeholders
  • development of professional skills needed in research or other career paths, and/or encouragement of students to pursue additional training activities as appropriate.

A nomination package should include the following:

  1. Nomination form
  2. Cover letter from nominator (must be a current or former graduate student) with a statement of recommendation that speaks to the evaluation criteria outlined above
  3. A minimum of two support letters, and no more than five. At least one letter must be from a current or former graduate student. Additional letters may be provided, as appropriate, by other students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and external partners or collaborators.

In recognition of the important role that post-doctoral fellows play in guiding and inspiring undergraduates and graduate student researchers, the CBS would like to invite nominations for its Mentorship Award for Post-doctoral Fellows. Students, faculty and/or staff are invited to nominate a post-doctoral fellow within CBS who has demonstrated excellence in the mentorship of undergraduate and/or graduate students. Post-docs may also be nominated by another post-doctoral fellow.

Nominations will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to mentoring junior trainees in the areas of research, professional development, career planning and/or personal challenges
  2. Impact of the post-doc’s mentoring activities on trainees.

A nomination package should include the following:

  1. Nomination form
  2. Cover letter from the nominator with a statement of recommendation that speaks to the evaluation criteria outlined above
  3. A minimum of one additional support letter, and no more than three. At least one of the letters (either nominator’s cover letter or letter of support) must be from a current or former student who was mentored by the nominee. Additional letters may be provided, as appropriate, by additional students, other post-doctoral fellows, faculty or staff.