The Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award recognizes a graduate adviser for exemplary service to a graduate program, and the award includes a $4,000 prize. Lesser, as this year’s winner, was singled out for his role in recruiting and retaining high quality graduate students, his sensitivity to students’ needs, and his commitment to their professional and academic development. As an adviser or a large program, serving more than 150 graduate students, he was also commended for his effective administration and his ability to work with colleagues across campus to resolve problems as well as create new programs.
The Outstanding Graduate Coordinator Award recognizes a graduate coordinator for distinguished service in support of the Graduate Adviser and other faculty in the administration of a graduate program. An award of $4,000 will be presented to Porter. Commended by her nominators for her attention to details, her caring attitude toward students, and her fountain of constructive ideas, Porter is recognized with this award because of her outstanding work in providing an innovative infrastructure to assist students in the Sociology graduate program.