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Faculty Mentor Impact Awards

UMaine aims to recognize exceptional faculty mentors who have an important impact on their students. Each year, the Office of the Vice President of Research and the Dean of the Graduate School solicits nominations for outstanding faculty mentors from undergraduate and graduate students.

Mentorship is more than just offering advice or guidance to our students; it is a meaningful and transformative relationship that helps students achieve their full potential.

Mentorship is also a powerful tool for promoting student success and enhancing the overall quality of education. By investing in our students and serving as role models, we can help them navigate the complexities of college life, achieve their academic and professional goals, and become confident, capable, and compassionate leaders in their communities.

Why recognize faculty mentors?

Mentors invest a great deal of time and energy in their students, often going above and beyond their normal duties to provide guidance, support, and opportunities for growth. Recognizing and thanking them is a way to acknowledge this investment. Thanking faculty mentors is a simple but powerful gesture that can have significant benefits for our UMaine community. It can help students build stronger relationships and show appreciation for the time and energy that mentors invest in their success.

Nominees and their students are invited to attend the Faculty Mentor Impact Award Luncheon held during Maine Impact Week, where winners are announced.

Nominate a faculty mentor now! 

Thank a faculty mentor by nominating them for a Faculty Mentor Impact Award. Nominations for 2024 awards are now closed. Please check back in early 2025 for your next opportunity to nominate. 

Faculty members from each college will be selected from the student nominations. Winners will be announced at the Faculty Mentor Impact Awards luncheon in April.