“twinkling in front of us through the gloom to guide us” [SPEC]
|Photo courtesy of Will Walsh, BSI
What is the Susan Rice Mentorship Award?
Who Is Eligible For The Award?
The Susan Rice Mentorship Award is open to all living Sherlockians who are generous, welcoming, and offer encouragement. They will also need to have a proven record that supports that definition. No current judges or previous winners may be considered for the award. The award is not limited to members of the Baker Street Irregulars.
How Is Someone Nominated?
The award will be given based on nominations. The nominator should complete an essay of 750 words or fewer that answers this question: “Who do you believe should be recognized for their work in mentoring aspiring Sherlockians and why? Please provide specific examples of their guidance, encouragement, and welcoming spirit.”
Qualities to consider when nominating: Welcoming to all Sherlockians; looking out for new Sherlockians to join the ranks; encouraging involvement and guiding people through their participation; connecting new Sherlockians to current members of the BSI; believing in someone even if they don’t believe in themselves; leaving the organization better than when they joined it.
Should someone be nominated in one year and not win, they would need to be re-nominated for consideration in succeeding years.
Where Should Nominations Be Sent?
Nominations should be sent to SusanRiceMentorAward@gmail.com. An acknowledgment email will be sent in reply.
Who Are The Judges?
The current judges are Curtis Armstrong, Ray Betzner, Jenn Eaker, Ashley Polasek, and Steven Rothman. Again, judges are not eligible for the award.
For a heartfelt reminiscence on Susan Rice's impact from a former mentee of hers, read Curtis Armstrong's essay on the Studies in Starrett blog.
We hope you nominate someone worthy of the award.
[Correction: an earlier version of this misattributed the photo credit. Will Walsh, BSI took the photo.]