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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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MENTORS ARE THE HEART AND SOUL OF ACE. Their dedication and contributions to the students they engage and to ACE deserve to be recognized. 

In 2021 ACE will honor up to 5 Outstanding Mentors. A panel of previous Outstanding Mentors will judge nominations made by affiliate leaders.   

Affiliates whose mentors are selected as 2021 Engineering News-Record–ACE Outstanding Mentors will receive a scholarship to be named after the Outstanding Mentor.   

BNP Media is generously funding this year’s awards. A fourth-generation family-run company, BNP publishes over 50 business-to-business media brands related to 11 different industries, including Engineering News-Record, Architectural Record, and 14 other media brands in architecture, construction, and engineering.  

RECOGNITION GIVEN

ELIGIBILITY

NOMINATION PROCESS

JUDGING

SCHEDULE

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RECOGNITION GIVEN

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Mentors chosen as the 2021 Outstanding Mentors will receive several forms of recognition.

  1. A scholarship named after them and awarded to a worthy student selected by the mentor’s affiliate. 

  2. Outstanding Mentors will be invited to Washington, DC for the finals of the CIRT-ACE National Design and Construction Competition on June 7, 2021. The Outstanding Mentor award will be formally presented as part of the competition ceremony. A partial travel subsidy may become available if the mentor’s affiliate and/or firm is unable to support his/her travel. 

  3. Outstanding Mentors will be publicized on the ACE website and in ACE’s 2021 Yearbook published as part of Engineering News-Record.  In addition, ACE will notify the employers of Outstanding Mentors to ensure that they receive acknowledgement for their achievements. 

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ELIGIBILITY

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To be eligible, a mentor MUST:

1) be classified as “active” in the ACE database;

2) have successfully completed a background check; and

3) have mentored for a minimum of three years, including the current year, (2020-2021).

Mentors who previously have won the Outstanding Mentor Award are ineligible. With this exception, affiliates may nominate previous or new nominees. 

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NOMINATION PROCESS

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An affiliate may nominate only one mentor based on criteria it establishes. The chair or other senior affiliate leader must submit the nomination on behalf of the affiliate. Self-nominations are not allowed.   

In addition to the information requested on the nomination form, which can be filled out through THIS LINK, an affiliate may submit a maximum of two examples (total 20 pages) reflecting the range of a mentor’s contributions (e.g., an activity for a mentoring session).  In addition, affiliates have the option of including one letter from a nominee’s current or former student. 

The nomination form, plus accompanying attachments, if any, should be completed by Friday, April 9, 2021. Please reach out to Monica Worheide mworheide@acementor.org, Director of Affiliate Relations with questions or concerns.

The nomination form, plus accompanying attachments, if any, should be submitted as a single PDF by CLICKING HERE!

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JUDGING

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A panel of judges drawn from previous ACE Outstanding Mentors will review the nominations and select up to five 2021 Outstanding Mentors. Judges have the discretion to determine if fewer than five nominees merit the award. 

Nominations will be evaluated and ranked on the following basis: 1) nominee’s actions and activities that make him/her an Outstanding Mentor (12 points); 2) the nominee’s impact on students (10 points); and 3) nominee’s impact on other mentors and affiliate (8 points).   

Because so many nominees in previous Outstanding Mentor competitions have had outstanding records of achievement, judges have faced a challenge selecting the winners. Therefore, nominators are advised to make clear, compelling cases for their nominations based on ample and specific justification.  

The nominating essay should do full justice to a nominee’s contributions and excellence and give specific examples explaining the nominee’s impact.  Essays directly or indirectly should respond to all three evaluation criteria. 

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SCHEDULE

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FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2021 | SUBMISSION DEADLINE

FRIDAY, APRIL 30, 2021 | ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS

MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021 | Award presentation in connection with CIRT—ACE National Design and Construction Competition Finals, Washington, D.C. 

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