Graduate Student Mentor Award


The Loyola Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (LUROP), as part of the Center for Engaged Learning, Teaching, & Scholarship, and the Loyola Graduate School are pleased to honor outstanding graduate student mentors through the annual Graduate Student Mentor Award. This award is designed to recognize the work that Loyola's graduate students perform in mentoring undergraduate researchers, fostering their intellectual, ethical, and academic development.

Each year, LUROP will grant one $500 award, which will be announced at the reception and awards ceremony following the Undergraduate Research & Engagement Symposium, which will be held this year from April 19 through April 24, 2022. The winner will be selected from a pool of nominations from current undergraduates and based on mentoring performed during the 2021-2022 academic year.

Award Details

  • Nominations can come from undergraduate researchers engaged in research during the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 terms.
  • The award is open to graduate students who mentor undergraduates through the Research Mentoring Program, through their role in a research lab, or in any similar situation in which they offer regular mentorship to undergraduate researchers over a period of time.
  • A graduate student may not win the award more than once.
  • After an undergraduate submits a nomination, the graduate student mentor will be asked to submit a brief (2 page max.) reflection on their experience mentoring undergraduate researchers. Those who receive more than one nomination should submit only one statement.


  • Student nominations for 2021–2022 will be due by Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT.
  • Students, please fill out the nomination form in its entirety.

Graduate student nominee reflection statements are due by Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 11:59 pm CT. Nominated mentors will receive a request and directions for a statement after initial nominations are received.

Nominations can be submitted here.

2021 Recipient

Rebecca Valeriano-Flores

"I owe Rebecca a great debt in continuing to encourage me to engage with philosophy, diversity, and undergraduate research opportunities. As the founder of Loyola's MAP chapter, she sets the tone for reading groups, workshops, as well as other community engagement. With graduate mentorship in the philosophy department, there is a culture of supporting undergraduate engagement and research in philosophy. I recall chats about graduate school, or anything from asking about research in philosophy, so I am constantly impressed at how Rebecca and the graduate students in the philosophy department set aside their time for mentorship." 

-Samantha Chipman, Loyola Student