President's Award for Excellence as an Undergraduate Research Mentor
The President’s Award for Excellence as an Undergraduate Research Mentor will be presented annually to publicly recognize and reward those individuals who have accumulated an exemplary record of guiding and supporting students as they develop the skills, methods, and techniques needed to carry out research, scholarship and creative activities. This award recognizes the pivotal role of faculty in ensuring the success of the student experience and the high value placed on this endeavor by the College.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:
- Quality of Mentoring
There should be evidence that the faculty member promoted intentional learning by the student researcher contributing to their intellectual growth, problem solving ability, and communication skills, while creating new knowledge or development of new ideas or creative works. Evidence should also describe how a faculty mentor’s role evolved through the stages of mentoring, from initially giving significant guidance and direction and during later stages, changing their role to more similar to a colleague as the undergraduate researcher gains confidence, greater independence, and takes “ownership” of their research.
- Experiential Benefits to Students
There should be evidence that former students increased their confidence in ability to contribute new knowledge or creative works in their discipline and gain an understanding of how knowledge and new works of art are developed and evaluated within their discipline. Evidence should be presented that describes how students confirmed and strengthened their desire to pursue a chosen career field and/or continue their education at the graduate level as a result of their participation in an undergraduate/graduate research experience that involved the close mentoring of a faculty member.
- Communicating Research/Creative Activity
There should be evidence that the faculty member encouraged students to present their work not only to their peers within their disciplines, but also to colleagues in other fields, and to the public. Such evidence can be performances, visual exhibits, oral presentations, posters, abstracts, and other appropriate outlets.
NOMINATION AND SELECTION PROCESS:
A committee composed of five teaching faculty and a minimum of two undergraduate students appointed by the provost and vice president for academic affairs will solicit and evaluate candidates’ credentials. That committee will examine applicant support files for evidence of quality and comprehensiveness and make recommendations to the provost and vice president for academic affairs. As many as two full-time faculty members may be selected in any one academic year.
Individual faculty may apply for the award, or faculty members may be nominated by their respective departments with the consent of the faculty member being nominated. Nominations may also arise from students, with the consent of the faculty member being nominated. Nominees must have been full-time teaching faculty members for four years prior to the nomination.
Data provided should include but not be limited to:
- Nomination form provided in this packet.
- Letter of nomination detailing the specific characteristics that quality the faculty member for the award and examples of how these characteristics are demonstrated.
- A detailed summary of research projects/creative activities mentored (including name of student, title of project, brief description of project, outcomes (including presentations/performances/exhibits and any publications)
- A current vita detailing candidate’s professional career.
- Support from colleagues (at least three letters)
- Support from students (at least five letters)