Honors Thesis Mentor Award

This award’s purpose 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, a memento, and a certificate signed by the Honors Director and University President.  The award will be made during the Honors Commendation Ceremony held in May the evening before the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Commencement.

Past Recipients

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

Nomination and Application Procedure

  • Students and University employees may nominate candidates for the award
  • Self-nominations are not permitted
  • A call for nominations will be sent by the Honors Director to the University community early in the Spring semester; the deadline for submitting nominations will be early March.  Nominations will be submitted to the Honors Director.
  • Nominations will list the candidate’s name, college, and department; the nominator will describe how he/she knows the candidate; and nominators will explain why the candidate is a distinguished honors mentor.
  • 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.).
  • Applications will be due in late March and awardees will be notified in April

Selection Procedure

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


The prize will be awarded at the annual Honors Commendation Ceremony.  The awardee will receive a financial award, an Honors memento, and a certificate signed by the Honors Director and University President.  There will be a public, University-wide announcement that lists the Honors awardee.