The Council on Undergraduate Research proudly announces the winners of its first two CUR Fellows Awards. They are Mary Allen, a biologist at Wellesley College, and Julio Ramirez, a psychologist at Davidson College. The awards will be presented at the 8th National CUR Conference at The College of Wooster on June 22, 2000.
Over the past 25 years CUR has championed collaborative research among undergraduates and their faculty mentors. CUR conferences, publications, and mentoring activities have helped countless faculty members establish and sustain research programs at primarily undergraduate institutions nation-wide. With these Fellows awards CUR celebrates the research that it promotes and applauds individuals who exemplify the ideals of CUR.
The CUR Fellows awards, to be presented biennially, recognize CUR members who have developed nationally respected research programs. Awardees have established outstanding records of obtaining funding for their work and for their students, and publishing research findings with undergraduate coauthors. They reach out to students of all backgrounds, incorporate research activities into the courses they teach, and lead efforts to institutionalize research. In sum, they are leaders and role models for countless faculty and students at primarily undergraduate institutions.
The nominees for our award have many common personality traits. They are compassionate, nurturing mentors gifted in helping undergraduates develop their research talents and skills. They are looked to by their students not just as advisors, but also as trusted friends. They have an enormous impact on the careers of their students as they contribute to the body of scientific knowledge.
Upon hearing of the CUR Fellows Award, NSF Division Director of Undergraduate Education Normal L. Fortenberry commented: "It is essential that we provide recognition to those faculty who have excelled at integrating research and education. By identifying individuals who are exemplars of the term "research mentor", the CUR Fellows Awards provide much needed peer validation and encouragement as well as allowing honored Fellows to serve as existence proofs and resources to the broader scientific community."
Mary Allen and Julio Ramirez are the first of what promises to be long list of CUR Fellows - talented leaders who have been enormously influential and can now be widely appreciated.