The Bass Connections Award for Outstanding Mentorship recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of graduate student and postdoctoral team members who serve as dedicated and extraordinary mentors.
Program evaluations continue to highlight the key role that graduate students and postdocs play on the project teams, often serving both as project managers and as mentors to the undergraduate students while also contributing to the original research. This award encourages the Bass Connections community to identify and recognize graduate students and postdocs who excel as mentors on their teams.
An exemplary Bass Connections mentor is someone who:
- Creates a supportive environment for research and scholarship by fostering mutual respect and demonstrating sincere interest in the well-being of teammates
- Promotes the success of project team members’ research and learning by monitoring progress and offering honest, constructive feedback
- Develops the internal community and working relationships of their project team, and identifies and addresses problems in a thoughtful, respectful manner
- Maintains accessibility by providing open lines of communication
- Encourages interdisciplinary learning by helping teammates create connections across disciplines
- Commits to advancing students’ professional development and connects teammates with information, resources or networks to support their individual growth
- Is a role model for others with a record of excellence in research and teaching