2015 Mentoring for Achievement and Excellence

Tom Angell Award Honorees (from left to right): Cathery Yeh (Honorable Mention), Jessica Kizer (Graduate Student Researcher recipient), Dr. Dana Garfin (Postdoctoral Scholar recipient), Dr. Roxane Silver (Faculty recipient). February 25, 2015. Photo by Diana Lofflin.

The UCI ADVANCE Program and Graduate Division hosted the inaugural Mentoring for Achievement and Excellence event on Wednesday, February 25, 2015. Along with postdoctoral scholars, graduate students and staff, faculty gathered to highlight exemplary mentors who render exceptional guidance and support to faculty, graduate, and undergraduates.

Douglas Haynes, Vice Provost for Academic Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, welcomed the audience to the inaugural celebration. Sandra Loughlin, Director of External Relations for Graduate Division, shared best practices for mentoring. Highlighting the aspects of various successful types of mentoring, Dr. Loughlin emphasized the resulting sustenance of inclusive excellence for a broad range of faculty, staff, and students at UCI.

Representatives from various organizations announced their mentoring award programs for faculty and students. Professor Kristen Monroe was honored by the UCI Emeriti Association. Also recognized at the event were mentoring awards sponsored by the UCI Institute for Clinical & Translational Sciences and UCI Associated Graduate Students. Frances Leslie, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education inaugurated the Tom Angell Mentor Award. This award was established as an enduring tribute to Dr. Angell's dedication to students during a long career at UCI as a Graduate Division counselor.

Mentoring is a powerful vehicle for building and sustaining inclusive excellence at UCI. It opens the campus to a truly broad range of faculty, staff and students. There are many campus resources to make the most of mentoring.

Below is an image gallery of photos taken at the event. Photos by Diana Lofflin.

Tom Angell Mentor Award - For Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring and Retention

In loving memory of Graduate Counselor, Tom Angell, the Graduate Division has developed the "Tom Angell Fellowship Program" to be funded by individual gifts. Funds will be awarded competitively to faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students who have made a positive impact in mentoring and improving graduate student retention. Funds awarded to faculty must be disbursed as student support (e.g. to support conference travel for that faculty's student). To give to this fund, please visit: www.uadv.uci.edu/TomAngellFundforExcellence.