Purdue Agriculuture's Pathmaker Awards, sponsored by the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association, annually recognizes one master's student and one PhD candidate for outstanding mentorship.
DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS: March 1, 2021
College of Agriculture Graduate Student Pathmaker
by the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association
The College of Agriculture Graduate
Student Pathmaker award recognizes graduate students from the College of
Agriculture who have distinguished themselves as effective mentors and peer
coaches by unselfishly investing in the success of fellow graduate students
and/or undergraduate researchers-in-training.
This award recognizes mentoring
and personal coaching by graduate students in the context research and
scholarship outside of the formal classroom setting. Two awards will be
presented annually to recognize a Graduate Student Pathmaker for both master’s
degree and doctoral degree seeking students. Winners receive a $500 cash
award plus a plaque acknowledging receipt of the award.
Nominees must demonstrate
contributions to the professional growth of other students (undergraduates
and/or fellow graduate students) through activities that:
- Help others define and achieve their
academic and professional goals
- Promote development of research and
professional skills by offering honest, constructive feedback, coaching, and
- Create a supportive environment for
research and scholarship by fostering mutual respect
- Demonstrate a sincere and active
interest in the well-being of other students
- Help others to assess and pursue
relevant and rewarding educational and professional career paths
- Graduate student in good standing in
the College of Agriculture at Purdue University
- Enrolled in a graduate degree program at
the time of nomination
- Previous winners are not eligible
- Repeat nominations are permitted
- More than one nominee will be considered
from academic departments
Nomination documents must
- Nominator name and contact information.
- Nominee’s name and contact information.
- Nomination statement of support indicating how the graduate
student has contributed to mentoring of fellow graduate students and/or
undergraduate students (limit 1000 words). Examples might include mentoring
students in laboratory and field settings, mentoring during honors research,
providing guidance and feedback on thesis preparation, leadership for student
organizations, and any other activities that enhance the development of other
students. Statements should focus on activities outside of formal classroom
(i.e. lab, field, other).
- C.V. for the nominee
Nominations are due by 5 pm, March 1, 2021; Upload nominations electronically via this qualtrics link. Contact Julie Estrada if you have any questions.