Essay Contest

           The purpose of this award is to support the Case Western Reserve University's Strategic Plan initiative to "emphasize innovation and excellence in teaching and mentoring." We are seeking to recognize an outstanding mentor who has passed on his or her wisdom as a subject matter expert and has given insightful guidance on such matters as research ethics, generating innovative concepts, the presentation of ideas, curricular development, effective teaching, and leadership.

           All Case graduate students / professional students, or post-doctoral scholars / post-doctoral fellows, whether or not they show posters at Research ShowCASE on April 15, 2010 are invited to participate in this essay contest. One winner will be chosen.

  • The Case graduate student / professional student, or post-doctoral scholar / post-doctoral fellow writing the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $250.
  • The mentor who is honored will receive a $100 restaurant gift card and his or her name will be engraved on a plaque in the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.
  • The essay writer must be a currently-enrolled Case Western Reserve University graduate student, Case professional student or a Case post-doctoral scholar / post-doctoral fellow.
  • The mentor awarded the "Excellence in Mentoring" award must be a Case Western Reserve University faculty member.
Essay Requirements
  • The essay should not exceed 500 words
  • The essayist's name, address, phone, email address and University department should be included
  • The mentor's name, address, phone, email address, title and University department should be included
  • The research field should be identified
  • The essay should describe how the mentor has played a vital role in the student's professional development as a research and scholar
  • Specific mentoring qualities should be identified
  • Examples should be included to show how the mentor has helped the student
Submission Information
  • The deadline for submissions is February 12, 2010
  • Essays should be submitted via email to Gail Papay at
  • Essays may be hand delivered to Gail Papay, Inamori Center Assistant Director, Ground Floor, Crawford Hall
Award Presentation
  • The winning essay and mentor will be announced during the Research ShowCASE Awards Presentation Ceremony on April 15, 2010.