Graduate Student Mentoring Award

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person (the mentor) assists another (the mentee) to develop specific skills and knowledge that will enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.

About the Graduate Student Mentoring Award

This award is sponsored by the UF Graduate School’s Division of Graduate Student Affairs.


This award is intended to reward graduate students who engage in:

  • Peer-to-peer mentoring of graduate students
  • Mentoring of undergraduate students
  • Mentoring in a K-12 classroom (working with K-12 students and/or teachers)

Award Details

Six graduate student applicants will be awarded $500.

Review Process

The applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff with experience in mentoring. Criteria for selection will include but is not limited to:

  • Applicant’s mentoring philosophy
  • The effectiveness of the mentoring experience
  • The contributions of the mentor to the mentee’s successful professional growth
  • Mentor’s academic and professional achievements

Guidelines for Application

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant (i.e., nominee) must be a UF graduate student in either the PhD or Master’s program at the time of application.
  • Engaged in a mentor-mentee relationship in any of the following categories during an academic year:
    • undergraduate students
    • graduate students
    • K-12 students
    • K-12 teachers

Application Requirements

You will need to submit one application form for yourself and two letters of recommendation. The required pieces will include:

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor or other person in authority who can speak to your mentoring capability and one additional letter from a current mentee, former mentee, or supervisor of young mentees for a total of two required letters.
  • A completed application form, which includes:
    • A section to list: academic and/or career accomplishments, limited to your time at UF; awards or other forms of recognition you’ve received, limited to your time at UF; a summary of leadership positions you’ve held during your time at UF; any other relevant activities you’ve engaged in during your time at UF
    • A personal statement where you should describe your mentoring philosophy and why mentoring is important; what mentoring you have received or did not receive and how this affected your desire to become a mentor; your mentoring efforts and reflections on personal development and experience, highlighting the mentor-mentee relationship developed; and comments on the broader impacts of your efforts.
      • Personal statements should be no longer than two pages, either single or double-spaced, in 11 point Times New Roman font.

Submission Instructions

Please name the PDF LastName_FirstName if you are an applicant, or ApplicantLastName_RecommenderLastName if you are providing a letter.

Please submit all materials to by: 5:00 PM, February 19, 2021

Graduate Student Mentoring Award Winners

Click each link below to see past winners and to read their personal statements.

2021 Graduate Student Mentoring Award Winners

2020 Graduate Student Mentoring Award Winners

Contact Information

For more information concerning the award, please contact:

Congratulations to the 2021 Graduate Student Mentoring Award Winners!

The Graduate School would again like to thank every student who submitted an application for this year's competition. UF graduate students continue to impress and humble our staff and judging committee with their stories. Having reviewed the committee's decisions, the Graduate School would like to congratulate the six following students: