Julie Martin, associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Science Education, is the winner of the 2016 Excellence in Mentoring Award from Graduate Student Government.

The award provides encouragement for hard-working mentors who are making a difference at Clemson University.

Julie Martin, center, poses with her award with President James P. Clements, left, and Tyrese Bryant, president of Graduate Student Government.

Julie Martin, center, poses with her award with President James P. Clements, left, and Tyrese Bryant, president of Graduate Student Government.

Martin was nominated by three of the students she is mentoring, Rachel Anderson, Stacey Garrett and Shannon Stefl.

“It’s gratifying to win this award,” Martin said. “I’d like to thank Rachel, Stacey and Shannon for nominating me. We have a talented and diverse team from several tough disciplines. It’s a pleasure to see students grow.”

Martin received her award at The Victor Hurst 124th Academic Convocation.

Cindy Lee, chair of the Department of Engineering and Science Education, said that Martin’s award was well deserved.

“Dr. Martin inspires, supports, encourages and challenges students to grow,” Lee said. “She leads by example and goes the extra mile for her students. I’d like to congratulate her on the award.”

The award was the second honor in a month for Martin. In July, she was named to the board of directors of the Women in Engineering ProActive Network.

Stefl said that she has become a better research and writer while working under Martin and has  watched her behave ethically, even when it would have negative personal consequences. She is an advocate for women and students who are underrepresented, Stefl said.

Stefl said that Martin exemplifies the phrase “above and beyond.”

“I hope to treat my future students the way she treats everyone,” Stefl said. “I respect Julie so deeply and feel forever indebted to her for all the ways she has helped me to succeed professionally and grow as a human being.

“My story is not unique. She has supported and helped every single one of her advisees and students in the same way.”