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Faculty Award

Faculty Award for Distinction in Mentoring Undergraduates in Research

Purpose

The Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Research have developed a procedure to better recognize, reward and encourage faculty members who mentor undergraduate students in research, which includes creative endeavors (i.e., scholarship). Nominations for this award will be accepted through February 12, 2019. Nominations are accepted from any source - WVU College Deans, Department Chairs, faculty colleagues, and student researchers, including self-nomination. Nomination of a faculty member from several sources (e.g., multiple students, faculty colleagues or a combination thereof) tend to enhance the nomination. Outstanding nominees will be invited to submit supporting documentation. Awards will be announced publicly in spring. Awardees will be recognized by President E. Gordon Gee and Provost Joyce McConnell at the annual faculty and staff awards dinner at Blaney House.

What do we mean by "research"?

Mentoring undergraduates in research and creative endeavors (i.e., scholarship) is different than mentoring students in their academic pursuits (i.e., academic advising). As defined by the Council on Undergraduate Research, undergraduate research is " an inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline". This process begins with discovery of disciplinary scholarship, is followed by scholarly inquiry (e.g., articulating questions and engaging in the process and practices) and culminates in creation of scholarship (e.g., creating an original scholarly project, communicating about the project).

Award

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and the public are invited to nominate faculty who exhibit the qualities of excellent research mentorship, including but not limited to:

  • Establishing a strong professional mentoring relationship with their student(s)
  • Acting as a role model for methods of inquiry or artistic expression in the chosen field of study and for the responsible and ethical conduct of research or creative activity
  • Demonstrating an ability to inspire students to pursue research or scholarly activity
  • Supporting the dissemination of student work through recognized professional outlets
  • Engaging students in all aspects of scholarship (discovery, inquiry and creation)

Eligibility

Any full-time tenure or non-tenure track West Virginia University faculty member who has not received this award in the past five (5) years.

  • Committee : Nominations will be reviewed and outstanding nominees will be invited to submit supporting documentation.
  • Award : Winner will receive a plaque and a small grant to be used for continued support of undergraduate research. A maximum of 4 awards may be awarded, one each, in the categories of Physical Sciences & Technology, Humanities & the Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences, and Biosciences & Health Sciences.
  • More Information? Contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at undergradresearch@mail.wvu.edu.
  • Nominations : All eligible nominations will be considered. Nominations must include a description of why the person should receive the award. For example, how has the nominee gone beyond his/her normal job responsibilities (beyond regular coursework/teaching responsibilities) to include undergraduates in research/creative work? How has inclusion of undergraduates in research impacted the students and/or the department?

We will be accepting 2020 nominations in Spring 2020

2019 Award Winners

Dr. Sadie Bergeron, Assistant Professor of Biology, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Cerasela Dinu, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Statler College of     Engineering and Mineral Resouces
Dr. Cheryl McNeil, Professor of Psychology, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Geah Pressgrove, Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations, Reed College of Media

2018 Award Winners

Dr. Fernando Lima, Department of Chemical Engineering, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources
Dr. Edward Sabolsky, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources

2017 Award Winners

Dr. Kirk Hazen, Department of English, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Natalie Shook, Department of Psychology, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

2016 Award Winner

Dr. James E. Smith, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources