University of Iowa

What is this award?

The purpose of the Honors Thesis Mentor Award is to acknowledge the critical and central role honors thesis or project mentors perform. Thesis/project mentors are integral to the mission of the University Honors Program, and a special recognition is bestowed each year on an individual mentor. For awardees, we are pleased to offer a monetary prize and personalized memento. The award will be made during the Honors Commendation Ceremony held in May the evening before University Graduation.


The University Honors Program will send out a call for nominations to students actively working on an honors thesis or who have recently submitted an honors thesis. The nomination form will ask for the nominator's information, the nominee's information, and an explanation of why your honors thesis/project mentor has proven to be exceptional.

Past Award Recipients


Kris DeMali
Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry


Andrew High
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies


Meenakshi Gigi Durham
Professor, Journalism & Mass Communications


Stephen Vlastos
Professor, History 


Brooks Landon
Professor, English