Graduate School

Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising & Mentoring

In order to recognize the significant contributions of Brown University faculty members as advisors or mentors to graduate students, the Graduate School invites nominations on behalf of any Brown faculty member who has served as a graduate advisor, unofficial or official mentor, trainer, or dissertation chair for the Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising & Mentoring.

The Graduate School will make up to four awards for mentoring and advising contributions within each of Brown University’s four disciplinary divisions: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences.


Nominations should provide a comprehensive picture of the nominee’s mentoring and advising activities. To that end, each nomination submission may include up to three additional letters of support for the nominee. Letter writers are encouraged to review the Graduate School's Advising and Mentoring resources, as these reflect the broad and variegated scope of what it means to be an effective mentor and advisor at Brown University. Individual letters may have multiple signatories and may come from faculty, students, and staff. Submissions that feature a cross-section of the Brown University community speaking to a nominee’s accomplishments as a mentor and advisor broadly understood have the best chance of providing reviewers with a comprehensive picture of those accomplishments.

The recipient is honored at the annual University Awards Ceremony. 

Nominations should be made through UFunds, found under the Graduate Student and Alumni Awards button.


March 1, 2024

Past Recipients

Daniel Ibarra

Manning Assistant Professor of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences and Environment and Society

Read about Professor Heller's award

Elizabeth Harrington

Professor of Medicine, Research Scholar, and Associate Dean of the Office of Graduate Studies, Division of Biology and Medicine

Read about Professor Harrington's award

Susan Moffitt

Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs and Director of Academic Programs for the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs

Read about Professor Moffit's award

Candace Rice

Assistant Professor of Archaeology and Classics at the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

Patrick Heller

Lyn Crost Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and International Affairs

Read about Professor Heller's award

Kevin Quashie

Professor of English

Read about Professor Quashie's award

Jessica Plavicki

Manning Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine,
Director of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Summer Internship Program

Read about Professor Plavicki's award

Jerome Robinson

Manning Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Read about Professor Robinson's award

Meredith Hasting & Lynne JoyrichMeredith Hastings

Deputy director of the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, and professor of Environment and Society and Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences.

Lynne Joyrich

Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Director of Graduate Study

Amal Trivedi, Nitsan ChorevNitsan Chorev

Harmon Family Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs and Director of the Graduate Program in Development at the Watson Institute

Read about Professor Chorev's award

Amal Trivedi

Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice and a Professor of Medicine

Read about Professor Trivedi's award

Michelle Clayton

Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature and the Director of Graduate Studies for Hispanic Studies

Sarah Delaney

Professor of Chemistry

Learn about the recipients

John Cherry

Director of Graduate Study and Professor of Archaeology, Classics and Anthropology

Andrew Foster

Social Science Research Institute Director and Professor of Economics

Keisha-Khan Perry

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies for Africana Studies 

Björn Sandstede

Professor of Applied Mathematics and Chair of the Division of Applied Mathematics 

José Itzigsohn

Professor of Sociology 

Patricia Ybarra

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies 

Paja Faudree

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Ellen Rooney

Chair and Professor, Modern Culture and Media and Professor of English

Efstratios Papaioannou

Associate Professor of Classics 

Anita L. Zimmerman

Professor of Medical Science; Vice Chair, Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology & Biotechnology

Diane Lipscombe

Professor of Neuroscience