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2018 Fellowships Mentor Award

May 29, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Peter Amato, recipient of Drexel's 2018 Fellowships Mentor Award!

The Fellowships Mentor Award recognizes the efforts and critical role of a faculty member who consistently goes the extra mile to cultivate, prepare, and guide students in their applications to nationally-competitive fellowships. Through his role as Program Director and professor in the Department of English and Philosophy, as well as his active involvement with our office, Dr. Peter Amato demonstrates a sincere and active interest in supporting student achievement and helping to foster a broader culture of fellowships and student success at Drexel.

Dr. Amato generously gives of his time to mentor and encourage students applying for fellowships and is a regular participant in campus nomination committees and interviews for several major awards – including Fulbright, Truman, and Udall scholarships. Dr. Amato understands the potential of fellowship opportunities can dramatically expand horizons and open doors to new research and career opportunities. “Fellowships can be transformative educational and life experiences,” says Dr. Amato. “They can advance a student’s research and professional projects in predictable and unpredictable ways—fueling a well-developed research interest, or illuminating a new and unanticipated path. But even when students apply for fellowships they don’t get, the process requires them to develop a focus and self-awareness that will serve them well in all educational, career and life pursuits.”

Dr. Amato finds satisfaction in helping deserving students find their way – providing thoughtful feedback during interviews and often going above and beyond to follow-up with students individually as they worked through their application essays and proposals. “The Fellowships Office serves the crucial functions of informing students about these opportunities, encouraging them to apply for them, and supporting them all through the various application processes that must be completed,” says Dr. Amato. He comments, “It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with the office and play a small part in supporting our students in these ways.” The Center for Scholar Development is grateful for Dr. Amato’s contributions and looks forward to working with him further.

For these contributions and his consistent commitment to the encouragement, mentorship, and support of fellowships applicants, we are delighted to present Dr. Amato with our 2018 Fellowships Mentor Award.


The Center for Scholar Development appreciates the myriad ways faculty nurture and support students day in and day out, all year long. Learn more about how you can help the Center for Scholar Development encourage and support students in their application for nationally-competitive awards.