Each year, the Graduate Student Council accepts nominations from students to honor faculty advisors who have gone above and beyond in guiding them along their path to the PhD. Named for Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus, Everett I. Mendelsohn, a former master of Dudley House, the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award celebrates the essential nature of strong mentoring at the graduate level—and the faculty who go out of their way to mentor GSAS students professionally, academically, and personally in ways large and small.

Everett Mendelsohn introducing the 2017 award winners
Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus, Everett Mendelsohn delivers remarks.


Nominations spanned departments and disciplines, and they highlighted the crucial roles these talented professors play in fostering caring and intellectually exciting departmental communities. Nominators additionally noted the personal and patient attention they received from mentors genuinely interested in helping them succeed. The awards ceremony was held at Dudley House on April 6 and attended by Graduate Student Council members, GSAS Deans and senior administration, nominating mentees and their mentors, and other members of the GSAS community.

Recipients of the 2017 Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award:

Lorgia García-Peña, Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of History and Literature, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures

Barbara Grosz, Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Computer Science

Jerry Mitrovica, Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Associate Professor of Science and Religion, Harvard Divinity School and the FAS Department of the History of Science

Xiaofei Tian, Professor of Chinese Literature, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Barbara Grosz
Mentoring Award–winner Barbara Grosz, the Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences.


Rewarding Relationships