Luis Ayala and Lee Kump

Faculty Advising Award

Created in 2013, the Faculty Advising Award honors exceptional achievement in the advising of undergraduate students and expresses the gratitude and appreciation of the college.  Members of the college faculty, as defined by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' Constitution, are eligible.

This award is given in recognition of outstanding advising undertaken by faculty members to enhance the student’s experience at Penn State. The contribution may represent any facet of strong academic advising, including educational planning, exposure to research opportunities, identification of internships, or many other related topics. The achievement for which the candidate is to be honored shall have occurred or culminated during the five years preceding the nomination for the award.

The recipient shall be honored with a recognition memento and a monetary award at the Wilson Awards Banquet held each spring.

Nomination Procedure

Annually in December, the Dean will invite nominations for the Faculty Advising Award from each department and institute. Each department and institute may submit one nomination. The nomination packet should include: 

  • Letters of nomination from students or fellow faculty describing in sufficient detail the contribution by the faculty member to enhance the students’ advising experience
  • Recent high-resolution color photograph suitable for the program

The nomination materials should be submitted electronically to Diane Ault ( along with four hard copies sent to the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research in 248 Deike Building by no later than February 15. Nominations received by the deadline will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the dean and the associate deans in the college.

Past Recipients

  • 2018: Luis Ayala
  • 2017: R. Allen Kimel
  • 2016: Peter Heaney
  • 2015: Yvette Richardson
  • 2014: Mark Klima
  • 2013: Brandi N. Robinson

2018 Recipient

The 2018 recipient of the Faculty Advising Award is:

Luis Ayala, William A. Fustos Family Professor of Energy and Mineral Engineering and EME Associate Head for Graduate Education

View 2018 Program