Graduate Student Caucus Excellence in Mentorship Award - 

Deadline - 1 February 2022

The ASECS Graduate Student Caucus Excellence in Mentorship Award was established by the Society’s Executive Board in 2007 at the behest of the Graduate Student Caucus in order to honor faculty who have taught, led, and motivated their students in the study of the long eighteenth century.


The GSC will look most favorably upon nominations that demonstrate the following: the candidate’s commitment to students’ short- and long-term goals, their effectiveness in helping students to navigate graduate school coursework and requirements, their ability to guide and inspire students in the exchange of ideas, research and writing; and their success in seeking and securing opportunities for mentees such as conference presentations, publications, fellowships, and/or grant awards.


Although membership in ASECS is not required for nomination, the winner of the Award is expected to join the Society the following year and to participate in the GSC professional development panel at the Annual Meeting.  


Nomination Process

A nomination must be coordinated by a member of ASECS who is not a current student/advisee of the nominee. Nominations should include:

  • Three letters of support. Letters should discuss how the nominee has supported and fostered the teaching and scholarly/professional goals of mentees and should describe specific instances that demonstrate their qualities as an effective mentor. Letters may come from former students, colleagues, collaborators, and others qualified to speak to the nomination. Together the letters should provide evidence for the range, excellence, consistency, and salutary impact of the nominee’s mentoring history. The maximum length for each letter is two single-spaced pages. Letters may be co-signed. One of the letters should be written by the coordinator of the nomination.

  • The nominee’s 5-page C.V. The nomination coordinator should highlight, and where necessary explain, items that are particularly relevant to the Mentorship Award.


The coordinator should submit the above materials in .pdf format to the ASECS Business Office at The materials will be forwarded to the GSC Chair for review by the Mentorship Award Committee. The deadline for submitting nominations is 1 February 2022.


By 15 February, the award recipient will be informed of their selection and their name posted on the Graduate Student Caucus website. The winner will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony at the ASECS Annual Meeting. The winner is expected to participate in the Graduate Student Caucus’s professional development panel at the Annual Meeting the following year.


Because so many excellent mentors are proposed for this award, all nominations remain current and will be reviewed by each year’s award committee; nomination coordinators may, but need not, update applications in subsequent years.

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