Tanya Heikkila, PhD receives University of Colorado Denver Graduate School Dean’s Doctoral Mentoring AwardGraduate School May 29, 2020
This award goes to faculty who demonstrate commitment to providing students with a one-on-one, high-quality training experience; maintain high standards of scholarship; and possess personal attributes that make the faculty member an effective role model for other mentors. Faculty are nominated by the doctoral students whom which they mentored for at least one semester and with a significant amount of one-on-one interaction.
"Mentoring PhD students is one of the best parts of my job," said Dr. Heikkila, "I not only get to help students grapple with important research puzzles, but I am also continually learning from my students and enhancing my own research skills in the process.”
Dr. Heikkila was nominated by graduate students Stephanie Bultema, Kathleen Bailey, Sojeong Kim, Kristin Wegner, Jongeun You, Jill Yordy, and Alex Osei-Kojo.
Her nominators wrote, “In addition to her many formal roles, Dr. Heikkila is an exceptional mentor to her students. She is committed to providing students with high-quality training experiences, a supportive training environment, and one-on-one interaction.”
Dr. Heikkila is the 2020 award recipient, along with Dr. Courtney Donovan from the School of Education and Human Development. Previous award recipients are listed below.
2018: Connie Fulmer, PhD, Professor, School of Education & Human Development
2018: Stephanie Santorico, PhD, Professor and Director of Statistical Programs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2017: Patrick Krueger, PhD, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
2017: Mary Guy, PhD, Professor, School of Public Affairs
ABOUT the Graduate School. The Graduate School administers and serves Master's programs, Doctoral programs, Certificates, and non-degree courses throughout all thirteen schools and colleges across both the Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campuses. The Graduate School recognizes the importance of mentoring as essential to all levels of graduate training.