Honors Thesis Mentor Award

The purpose of the Honors Thesis Mentor Award is to acknowledge the critical and central role honors thesis or project mentors perform. All who distinguish themselves in this work are to be thanked by one and all, and special recognition is bestowed each year on an individual mentor. For awardees, the Honors Program is pleased to offer a monetary award and personalized memento. The award will be made during the Honors Commendation Ceremony held in May the evening before University Graduation.

The call for nominations for this award will be issued in mid-spring and only accepted by students actively working on an honors thesis. Nominations will include the candidate’s name, college, and department; a description of how the nominator knows the candidate; and an explanation for why the candidate is a distinguished honors thesis mentor. Nominations should be sent to honors-director@uiowa.edu


2014 Stephen Vlastos, Professor, Department of History 

2013 - Brooks Landon, Professor, Department of English


  • Candidates will demonstrate an enduring commitment to mentoring honors students at the University of Iowa 
  • Candidates must have a University of Iowa faculty appointment
  • Candidates can only win the award once every five years

Nominee Notification and Application Procedure

Nominees will be notified by the Honors Program; if they accept their nomination, they will be asked to submit an application for the award. Applications will include:

  •       nominee’s vita,
  •       list of honors involvement during the preceding two to five years (e.g., honors students mentored, honors committees, etc.).


The Honors Steering Committee will review and rank the applications for the award. Final selection of the awardee is made by the Honors Director.