Outstanding Mentor Award

The Center for Global Health recognizes the value of sustained, high-quality, impactful mentoring relationships. Mentors can have life-changing effects on students, particularly when they invest significant time and energy in these relationships. Mentorship is essential for professional development and career advancement in the broad field of global health.

This award recognizes current ASU faculty or staff who have built substantive, meaningful connections with ASU undergraduate students, graduate students and/or postdoctoral fellows engaged in global health degrees or Center for Global Health outreach and/or research activities by offering exemplary mentorship. Students and postdoctoral researchers nominate our distinguished awardees.

Learn more about our mentor award.



Maria Cruz-TorresMaria Cruz-Torres
Associate Professor
School of Transborder Studies


Megan JehnMegan Jehn
Associate Professor
School of Human Evolution and Social Change


Emir EstradaEmir Estrada
Associate Professor
School of Human Evolution and Social Change


Ersula OreErsula Ore
School of Social Transformation


Cindi SturtzSreetharanCindi SturtzSreetharan
Associate Professor
School of Human Evolution and Social Change

Award Details

The annual award includes a plaque and $1,000 prize.

Eligibility Criteria

• Any current or former undergraduate student, graduate student, or postdoctoral researcher enrolled in global health degrees and/or engaged in the Center’s research programs can nominate a mentor for this award.

• Mentoring takes many forms, but typically is sustained over time as the mentee’s career grows and transitions, such as training of undergraduate or graduate students, high school students transitioning to university, or helping emerging professionals as they move beyond the university.

• Teams of mentors may also be nominated for the award, if they work closely together.

Criteria for Granting the Award

• A demonstrated commitment to fostering the intellectual, creative, scholarly and professional growth of mentees;

• Evidence of quality outcomes from professional mentoring relationships, e.g., career growth or personal development for mentees;

• Demonstrated valued behavior, attitudes and/or skills that aid the mentees in achieving competence, confidence and a clear professional identity;

• Evidence of commitment to the goals of advancing a diverse global health work force.

• Preference is given to mentorship that engages with global health issues relevant to the Center’s goals (e.g., health disparities, mental health, sustainability, environmental health/justice, water and food insecurity, structural violence, gender equity, cultural issues, methodological innovation etc.)

Nomination Process

The nomination is in the form of a letter to the committee, written by the mentee, explaining how the nominee meets the criteria of the award (maximum 2 pages) along with the nominee’s current CV. Additional materials supporting the nomination are permitted, provided as supplementary materials. Effective mentee letters will give specific examples of goals attained, projects completed, promotions, grants or awards earned, obstacles overcome, lessons learned, etc. The nominated candidates may then be contacted and asked to provide additional materials, including the general details of their student mentoring activities.

Nominations for the current year award are normally due Feb. 15. Contact the CGH coordinator for assistance.