The GSA would like to congratulate the 2013 award recipients: Graduate Student Kate Frederick and Dr. William Lovis.
Jacob J. Climo Excellence in Mentorship Award
Mentoring relationships are an important and essential component of graduate education. The teaching, support, and advice that come from a good mentoring relationship are invaluable for graduate students. While one expects some sort of mentoring relationship with one’s major advisor and committee members, often these types of relationships come from other sometimes-unexpected places and people.
In giving this award the Graduate Students of Anthropology recognize outstanding mentors, and remember one such person, Dr. Jacob Climo, in particular. Dr. Climo was known for informal conversations in passing about whatever a student was working on. Days or even weeks later, Dr. Climo would approach the individual again, clearly having seriously thought about that brief and seemingly unimportant conversation. It was not unusual to find him generously offering ideas, lending a book from his library, or recommending a direction for further research. Because his interests were so wide, these kinds of encounters were not restricted to any particular sub-discipline or even those in anthropology. Dr. Climo’s contagious enthusiasm for learning and broad range of interests in anthropology, combined with this intellectual generosity and genuine interest in student’s work, made him an exceptional mentor.
With the Jacob Climo Mentoring Award, the Graduate Students of Anthropology (GSA) will recognize exceptional mentors in the Department of Anthropology. Because of the special nature of these relationships, this award may not be given out every year, and may instead be reserved for individuals who truly deserve recognition in their capacity as graduate student mentors. As with other awards, nominations will be solicited from the wider body of anthropology graduate students by the GSA yearly.
How to nominate: Nominations should include a statement (no more than one page) as to why the nominee is deserving of this award. Deadline for nominations is April 4th, 2014 by 5pm. The nomination should be emailed to the GSA email account (msu.anp.gsa [at] gmail [dot] com) placed anonymously in the GSA mailbox in Baker Hall. The GSA will then circulate all nominations to the graduate students. Voting will take place online via Survey Monkey. The faculty member chosen to receive the Jacob Climo Mentorship Award will have their name added to the plaque in the department designed for this purpose.
Graduate Students in Anthropology Peer Award
To be eligible for nomination, the student must:
- Be a graduate student in the MSU anthropology department
- Be nominated by fellow students
- Have exhibited and sustained exceptional performance as outlined in the “Selection Criteria”
Selection Criteria: The contributions made by the student should be explained so that the following can be evaluated (specific examples of these criteria should be cited in the nomination materials):
- A student’s superior initiative or involvement in the GSA or other department related activities that went “beyond the call of duty”
- Involved in or makes significant contributions to the functioning of activities and/or administration of the MSU Department of Anthropology (and related programs)
- Fosters and promotes the goals of the department by encouraging teamwork and collaboration within the department and among colleagues