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. For the purposes of this award, mentoring examples include, but are not limited to: peer mentorship (mentoring less experienced or new students in the program or department), career counseling, helping undergraduates to prepare for a graduate program, conducting research and co-authoring/presenting research results, providing guidance on how to effectively collaborate with researchers from diverse backgrounds and disciplinary areas, and helping K-12 classrooms (students and teachers) with science endeavors.


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


This award is intended to reward graduate students who take time to help others succeed as graduate or undergraduate students or in K-12 classrooms (i.e., working with K-12 students and/or teachers).

Award Details

Six awards ($500 each) will be given. The awardees will be officially recognized during Graduate Student Research Day on April 7, 2020, and winners will be notified prior to the event so that they can be present.

Awards will be given to student-mentors who provided or currently provide:

  • 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)

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

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

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, and one additional letter from a graduate coordinator, school principal, teacher, current mentee or former mentee 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
    • An attached 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.

Application Materials

Graduate Student Mentoring Award Application Form

Graduate Student Mentoring Award Letter of Recommendation

Mentoring Award Frequently Asked Questions

Submission Instructions

Please submit all materials, including the application form, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation as a single PDF by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2020 to

Any questions regarding this award should be sent to Bradley Osburn at