May 14, 2015
|Elena Carbone, associate professor of nutrition, honored as a Distinguished Graduate Mentor by Chancellor Subbaswamy.|
Associate Professor of Nutrition Elena Carbone received the Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award from the UMass Amherst Graduate School during its Graduate Commencement ceremony on May 8, 2015. She was joined by faculty members Kathleen Lugosch (architecture and design) and Dhandapani Venkataraman (chemistry) for their mentoring of and their contributions to the 1,700 graduate degree recipients and their programs. They were among six individuals recognized for mentorship, teaching, and support during the ceremony.
Of the mentors and role of mentorships, dean John McCarthy told the degree recipients, “Your mentors are here at Commencement because of the crucial role they have played in your lives. Mentorship is indispensable in graduate study. While you may have first encountered your mentors in the classroom, their influence likely extends beyond academics to many other areas of your lives. Over the past several years, your mentors have taught, advised, inspired, motivated, guided and challenged you.”
Presenting the awards was associate dean Susan Roberts, who said, “Revered by graduate students in the department of nutrition, Elena Carbone has had a transformative impact on graduate education at this university. As her department’s longtime graduate program director, she has positioned students for success in an increasingly competitive job market by creating a professional-development program that helps students write powerful research papers, create successful grant proposals, design effective presentations, and speak persuasively."