We are pleased to announce that the winners of the Graduate School's “Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award” for 2014-2015 are Dr. Rajan Batta, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering; Dr. Anthony Campagnari, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology; and Dr. Yvonne Scherer, Associate Professor, School of Nursing. The Graduate School is proud to honor Drs. Batta, Campagnari and Scherer for their outstanding and sustained support and development of graduate students through their mentoring activities.
The Graduate School's "Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award" will be bestowed, on an annual basis, upon a member of the UB Graduate Faculty as a result of a nomination and selection process that will occur during the fall semester of each academic year. As an additional dimension of our local recognition initiative, we also plan to submit the annual winner of the Graduate School's mentoring award as UB's sole allowable nominee for that academic year's "Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award" which is administered by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) every spring.
The criteria for the UB and the NAGS mentoring award programs are essentially the same: Truly outstanding and sustained support and development of graduate students from course completion through research and subsequent career placement. This may be evidenced by providing sound advice with respect to an appropriate course of graduate study and associated course selection; encouraging and facilitating the best possible performance from students; generous giving of time or other measures of mentoring efforts; assisting unlikely or superficially unpromising students through to successful degree completion and subsequent career placement; advising and other assistance regarding the quality and quantity of student papers or other forms of publication and performance; and extraordinary efforts and success with student placements. These criteria are not meant to be exhaustive, but instead to suggest activities that might be demonstrated in a nomination package.
Only those individuals who are currently members of the UB Graduate Faculty and have held faculty appointment at UB for at least 5 years are eligible to be nominated. Each year's award winner will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of faculty appointed by the Vice Provost for Graduate Education/Dean of the Graduate School. The winner will receive an engraved plaque and a small cash award from the Graduate School and will be publicly recognized at UB's annual "Celebration of Faculty/Staff Excellence" ceremony.