Toni Morrison Award for Graduate Mentorship

The Toni Morrison (M.S. 1955) Award for Graduate Mentorship recognizes a Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU) Mentor or OADI Graduate Assistant who has made an outstanding contribution to their mentees/OADI, to their academic department, and to the university community. This individual has gone beyond their role to promote diversity, scholarship and professional development. Additionally, they have successfully balanced their own educational goals and desire to help underrepresented students succeed.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Any currently enrolled GSMU Graduate Mentor or OADI Graduate Assistant is eligible, but the nominee must anticipate completing two semesters at Cornell University by June of this year.
  • The nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or above.
  • The nominee must be in good judicial standing with Cornell University.

The 2018-19 winner was Elsbeth Kane.

Toni Morrison (M.A. 1955) earned her master’s degree in English. She has held lectureships and academic chairs at universities across the U.S. (including Cornell) and in Europe, and she was a senior editor at Random House for 20 years. Her honors include the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature, the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and the National Book Critics Award in 1978. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.