TOS Mentoring Award

Awarded for Excellence and/or Innovation in Mentoring the Next Generation of Ocean Scientists


The next nomination deadline is September 30, 2020. The master nominator serves as the point of contact. 

Each nomination consists of the following elements. All nomination materials are submitted via the online submission system and must include the following:


This text will appear in news releases and on a certificate presented to the Fellow. The text of this citation should be 200 characters or less.

Professional History

The nominee’s professional history should be a maximum of five pages and must include:

  • Nominee’s curriculum vita, with the nominee’s name, professional mailing and email addresses, history of education, history of employment, research experiences and contributions,  honors, and service to the community, with an emphasis on mentoring activities.
  • Nominee’s selected bibliography that reflects, as best as possible, exemplary mentoring. Multi-authored publications are permissible, especially those in which students or postdocs appear as lead authors.

Nomination Letter

The nomination letter can be a maximum of three pages and must include:

  • The name, title, institution, and contact information for the nominator (and one co-nominator, if applicable).
  • Succinct synthesis of the nominee’s qualifications (a summary of information documented in the supporting letters is appropriate).

Supporting Letters 

A minimum of three and a maximum of five letters of support (in addition to the nomination letter) must be submitted. Letters signed by more than one writer are not permitted. Submission on letterhead is preferred, electronic signatures permitted. Letters must include the supporter’s name, title, institution, and contact information; a statement of relationship to the nominee; and clear justification for the qualifications of the nominee. Each letter must be a maximum of two pages in length.


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