Who, What, How and Why of Mentoring Award Nominations

Who is a Mentor?

  • A scholar with demonstrated success in the areas they mentor.
  • Accessibility and personal commitment to the scholars.
  • Evidence of sustained commitment (two years or more) to mentoring that resulted in career development of 3-5 or more mentees.
  • Supporting the growth of each mentee's academic career and the missions and goals of KUMC.
  • Offering guidance for mentees to move toward establishing independence in their careers.
  • Teaching the values, rules and operating procedures in academic medicine, such as how the merit and promotion system works and helping mentee's advance to the next level.
  • Helping mentee's to developing and sustain a network of professional colleagues who can offer advice, training and help.   

What to include in the Nomination Letter

  • For current or past mentees, a testimonial of what he/she has meant to you while establishing your career.
  • Give specific examples of goals attained, projects completed, promotions, grants or awards earned, obstacles overcome, and anything else you feel is attributable to the mentorship. 
  • Examples of specific behaviors and mentoring interactions, and how these have been significant in your work.
  • If you are a colleague or chair of the candidate, a testimonial of what you believe mentoring relationships have meant to the candidate's mentees.
  • Colleagues and chairs are also encouraged to provide known examples of successes.   

How to Document the Mentor's Achievements

Examples of documentation include, but are not limited to:

  • Through letters of support, highlight the achievements of those mentored.
  • Publications, awards, and professional successes of mentee as a result of the mentorship.
  • Through letters of support and/or the nominee's CV, show mentor/mentee's collaboration and participation in meetings, conferences, committees, or presentations.
  • Through letters of support and/or the nominee's CV, show mentee's success in grant awards, publications, and/or achieving promotion due to the guidance of the mentor.
  • Statements of support from deans, chairs, center directors and/or division chiefs.   

Start (and end) with Why

Trouble getting started? Start with why you are nominating your mentor. Here are a few ideas that may help.

  • What do you value most about the mentorship?
  • How do you find the mentorship rewarding? 
  • As the result of your mentorship, how has your knowledge base, skills, techniques, or methods changed?
  • Does your mentor observe you in a teaching, research, or patient care situations to provide feedback on these skills?
  • Have you had success with grant applications, developing research ideas or writing manuscripts because of your mentor's guidance?
  • As the result of the mentorship, have you accomplished something that you may not have previously attempted?
  • How does your mentor guide you to reach your independent goals?
  • What is the most beneficial change you identify in yourself as a result of the mentorship?
  • Does your mentor facilitate your participation in professional activities outside of the institution (regional, state, national organizations)?
  • How does your mentor help you create a network of peers and advisors?
  • Does your mentor act as your advocate within the department or division?  

In Conclusion: Why do you feel your mentor deserves this award over all the other candidates?

Last modified: Jun 08, 2015
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