OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award

Nominations for the 2017 OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Awards are being accepted until March 1, 2017!


To nominate a member of the Mason community (see eligibility requirements below) for the OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award, please complete the nomination form. More information about this award and the selection process can be found by following the links below.

Award
Eligibility
Timeline
Nomination
Application
Review Process
Selection Criteria




"Mentors are pivotal in ensuring the success of the student experience. They teach a variety of applied skills, methods, and techniques. To help students sink their roots into the culture of the discipline, mentors coach students to develop new ways to approach questions and encourage them to think about and reflect on the research.  Through excellent mentoring, students are invited into the community of researchers and scholars as colleagues." - Temple, Sibley, and Orr (2010) in "How to Mentor Undergraduate Researchers"

Award

Eligibility

All current Mason community members who have served as mentors of undergraduate student scholars are eligible. These may include tenure-line faculty, term faculty, adjunct faculty, post-docs, staff, and/or graduate students. OSCAR values the wealth of diverse mentoring styles at Mason and encourages nominations from all disciplines. At least one award will be reserved for graduate students or post-docs who mentor undergraduate students, and nominees will be evaluated in the context of their academic program and position.

Award Timeline

  • January 11, 2017: Call for Nominations
  • March 1, 2017: Nomination deadline
  • March 22, 2017: Application materials due
  • April 7, 2017: Student as Scholars QEP Leadership Council review of applications and selection of award winners
  • May 1, 2017: Applicant notifications
  • May 9, 2017: OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award winners announced at the Celebration of Student Scholarship


Nomination

  • Nominations can be made by Mason students (current, former, or alumni), faculty (including department chairs and administrators), and staff.
  • If you are interested in nominating an outstanding mentor, complete the nomination form.
  • Nominations must be submitted by March 1, 2017.


Application

OSCAR will contact nominated mentors and invite the following materials to be submitted for consideration (all in pdf format).

  1. A narrative statement (1 page) This statement will describe your perspective on being a successful mentor and how you work to foster a culture of student scholarship at Mason. In this narrative, please begin with one to two sentences stating what you would most want the reviewers to know about your experiences as a mentor.
  2. Two letters of reference: one from a student mentee and one from a current Mason colleague. These letter may be sent directly to OSCAR or included in the application packet.
  3. Evidence of your mentoring experience (2-3 pages). Such evidence might include the name(s) of undergraduate student(s) mentored and their project title(s); the current status of former students (enrolled in graduate school, in a professional position, etc.); any publications, patents, shows, awards, or presentations of students you mentored; and/or other relevant information.


Review Process

All materials for the OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award will be reviewed by the QEP Leadership Council, which consists of faculty, staff, and students committed to fostering student scholarship at Mason.  Materials will be evaluated on the mentor’s demonstrated:

  • positive impact on current and former Mason students and their subsequent success, and
  • support and engagement of undergraduate scholarship at Mason.



Selection Criteria

Candidates for the OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award will be evaluated on:

  • Positive impact on current and former Mason students and their subsequent success
  • Demonstrated support and engagement of undergraduate scholarship at Mason