College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

2018 Mentor Awards

Byron A. Alexander Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

Alesha Doan – SPAA & WGSS

Alesha Doan

Doan Profile

Dr. Alesha Doan supports two departments at KU, the School of Public Affairs & Administration and the Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. All of her nominators expressed gratitude toward her for pushing them to think beyond their realm of comfort. Dr. Doan provides excellent personal and professional support to all of her students. One of her nominators wrote, “Albert Einstein once famously stated that, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Alesha Doan is precisely that kind of teacher, and I will be eternally grateful for her unyielding efforts to evoke an indomitable joy for collaborative learning in myself and my peers.” Congratulations to Dr. Alesha Doan!


John C. Wright Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

Kelsie Forbush – Psychology

Forbush Profile

Dr. Kelsie Forbush began with KU in 2014 in the department of Psychology. She currently heads a research group of 6 students and provides exceptional support to each and every one of them. She is the type of person who always makes time for her students, whether it is meeting in person or answering questions on email. She is welcoming of all questions and learning opportunities, and looks at situations from a “big picture” perspective and uses them as a learning opportunity for both herself and her students. One nominator praised Dr. Forbush’s ability to go above and beyond for her students stating “under the mentorship of Dr. Forbush, I went from zero publications to over 10 publications.” Congratulations to Dr. Kelsie Forbush!