The UMass Lowell Award for Faculty Mentoring Graduate Students honors individual faculty members who exemplify a deep commitment to fostering professional and personal development of students and for helping to build a supportive academic environment through faculty-to-student mentoring. The university recognizes the importance of mentoring in fostering a campus community that celebrates and elevates teaching, learning, and scholarship and provides students with the support and tools they need to advance and thrive. Mentorship is a sustained process of engagement with a student with the purpose of providing various types of support for personal and professional success.


  • The nominee must be a full-time faculty member at UMass Lowell and currently in a tenure, teaching, or clinical-track position.
  • Previous nominees are eligible, and it is hoped that they will be nominated again.
  • Previous winners are not eligible to be considered for a period of six years.

Criteria for Award

Applications will be evaluated according to following:

  • Mentoring was effective
  • Mentor fosters a trusting relationship with Mentee. Provides compassionate support in a positive and optimistic way that supports mentee’s growth.
  • Mentor draws upon candidate’s background experience in planning for next steps in professional development
  • Mentor demonstrates continued commitment to mentoring