Excellence in Mentoring Award

Excellence in Mentoring Award

The NARST Excellence in Mentoring Award (EMA) recognizes an exceptional mentor from the NARST community who has impacted graduate student growth both professionally and personally. This award recognizes a NARST member who has supported graduate students with the technical aspects of graduate school such as entering academia, supporting the development of the graduate students research, and scholarly repertoire. Along with professional development, this award recognizes the importance of socioemotional mentoring and the personal challenges faced while working to obtain an advanced degree.

Mentees who choose to nominate a mentor need to be graduate students who are current members of NARST or members who have graduated in the past year. The mentor they nominate should also be a member of NARST. Nomination packages should be emailed to narstgradcommittee@gmail.com

Nominations should include the following:

  1. The mentee nominator must write a two-page letter of nomination addressing the exceptional mentor selection criteria. A mentee nominator can only nominate one mentor per cycle.
  2. The mentor being nominated will provide a statement (max: 1 page) that describes the impact of and types of socioemotional support they provide to their mentees. The statement should be written by the mentor nominee and must include the statement "I am a current and active NARST member. I am not currently an elected NARST Board of Directors member"
  3. Include a 2-3 page abbreviated CV for the mentor nominee, consider highlighting mentorship activities.
  4. One (1) additional letter of support discussing the socioemotional support of the nominee.

In evaluating the applications, the EMA subcommittee of the GSC will consider the following:

  • Assisting graduate students with developing the necessary knowledge and/or skills to succeed in the field of science education.
  • Providing opportunities to NARST graduate students for collaboration on research and/or teaching.
  • Supporting NARST graduate students’ social networking in the field of science education.
  • Supporting NARST graduate students’ emotional well-being.
  • Serving as a professional role model for NARST graduate students.

The specific rubric can be found in the NARST Handbook.