New parameters in graduate mentoring

Graduate students facing obstacles in their lives turn to their academic advisors more frequently than any other on-campus resource, according to the most recent MIT Enrolled Graduate Student Survey.

In addition to the expected scholarly advice, feedback on research, and letters of recommendation, many graduate students have expressed appreciation for their advisors’ support of their overall wellbeing, as related in numerous nominations for the Committed to Caring (C2C) Award.

Since its establishment in 2014, the C2C Award has honored over 40 faculty members who are helping to set new standards for holistic graduate mentorship at MIT. Three of the most recent honorees, professors Cullen Buie, Hadley Sikes, and Justin Steil, support their students through collaborative planning, managing mental health, and promoting diversity and inclusivity.

In a MIT News article, Courtney Lesson, Office of Graduate Education, profiles the three winners of the 2018 Committed to Caring Award: Professors Cullen Buie, Hadley Sikes, and Justin Steil. Click here to read the full article.