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The University of Delaware’s distinguished faculty numbers more than 1,100 and includes internationally known authors, scientists, and artists. UD faculty members have achieved notable distinction in their fields, among them the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, and membership in the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among others.

This page lists resources to assist faculty in policies, procedures, awards, as well as tools useful in conducting University business. For suggestions on additions/revisions to this page please contact us by email at:



Graduate Application Review

Welcome to the faculty/staff login for the Graduate Application System. Click here to begin evaluating graduate applications.

Graduate Studies Senate Committee

The GSSC formulates policy governing the substance and process of graduate education at UD. Please use the links below to access our organization’s meeting minutes and agendas.


Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award


The Graduate College invites nominations from the University Community to honor faculty members whose dedication to graduate students and commitment to excellence in graduate training have made a significant contribution to the quality of life and professional development of graduate students at the University of Delaware. All currently enrolled UD graduate students, graduate student groups, and graduate alumni may nominate candidates for the award.


Prize YearAdviser/MentorDepartment
2019Xiao-Hai YanMarine Science and Policy
2018Dennis W. PratherElectrical & Computer Engineering
2017Mathew J. OliverEarth, Ocean & Environment
2016Andrew V. TeplyakovChemistry & Biochemistry
2015Joseph Zeni, Jr.Biomechanics & Movement Science
2014 James HiebertEducation
2013Joseph M. FoxChemistry & Biochemistry
2012Lawrence H. CohenPsychology
2011Ronet D. BachmanSociology
2010Antony N. BerisChemical Engineering
2009Robert L. HampelEducation
2008Suresh G. AdvaniMechanical Engineering
2008Charles G. RiordanChemistry & Biochemistry
2007Chin-Pao HuangCivil Engineering
2006Marian PalleyPolitical Science & International Relations
2005Charles E. RobinsonEnglish
2004Lynn Snyder-MacklerBiomechanics & Movement Science
2003James K. OliverPolitical Science & International Relations
2002Donald Lewis SparksPlant & Soil Sciences

The sole criterion for these awards is outstanding advising and mentoring. The following criteria are examples that highlight good advising and mentoring practices:

  • Provides sound advice with respect to course of study
  • Fosters best performance and talents from students
  • Shows concern for students as people and support of their personal development; fosters student’s development from student to colleague
  • Acts as an advocate and guide in administrative, organizational and professional matters
  • Provides outstanding instruction regarding quality and quantity of student papers or other forms of publication and performance including teaching education
  • Promotion of the intellectual development of student by encouraging attendance and presentation of their research at professional conferences and meetings
  • Leads in the understanding of research and professional ethics
  • Extraordinary efforts or success with placement of student


Individuals seeking to nominate an outstanding mentor should submit a completed Outstanding Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award Nomination Form along with all supporting documents to the Selection Committee in the Graduate College (234 Hullihen Hall). Nomination materials should include up to three letters of support from students or alumni and a letter from the department chair or dean. The nomination letters should contain:

  1. Up to three letters of support from current students or alumni
    • The letters should state specifically (in detail and using the above criteria) why the nominated faculty is worthy of the Outstanding Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award
    • The letters should give specific examples and evidence of outstanding service to Graduate students are particularly valuable
  2. Letter from the department chair or dean that includes the following information
    • Report the number of theses or dissertation committees on which the nominee has served
    • Report of special awards the nominee’s students have received
    • Letters of nomination should arrive in the Graduate College no later than 4 p.m. on May 1, 2016. The winners will be honored at the Commencement & Hooding Convocation in May 2016. All nominations will be kept strictly confidential.

The Selection committee will screen all nominations and be composed of faculty who were the previous winners, two graduate students, and the Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education. All nominations will be kept strictly confidential.


Advising & Mentoring Award Application


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