Nominations Sought, Excellence in Mentoring UR in the Social Sciences Award


The CUR Social Sciences Division invites nominations for its first annual award for excellence in mentoring undergraduate research in the social sciences. This award recognizes an outstanding mentor of undergraduate research in the social sciences who supports, encourages, and promotes a positive and inclusive scholarly and teaching environment for undergraduate students, as well as contributes to professional and personal development of students inside and outside of the classroom. The awardee will receive $100 and a plaque, and will be featured in the CUR Social Sciences Division newsletter.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be engaged in undergraduate research and must work in the social sciences.
  • Nominees must be a member of the CUR Social Sciences Division, or their institution must be an institutional member of CUR.
  • Although CUR has a separate Psychology Division, different streams of psychology intersect with the social sciences. Hence, psychology-focused nominations will be accepted if they meet the preceding criteria and if the nomination letter addresses the nominee’s commitment to research in the social sciences.

Nominations of early-career academics are encouraged. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Nomination Materials

  • A nomination letter that gives specific examples explaining the nominee's impact.
  • A brief summary (2-page maximum) of the nominee's qualifications for the award.
  • Mentee statement of support (1-page maximum, which may be cosigned by multiple mentees).
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae of the nominee (8-page maximum) that shows the nominee's work and experience in mentoring undergraduate research as well as relevant publications.

Ready to Submit a Nomination?
Submit a nomination at this link.

Nomination Deadline: March 10, 2019

Selection Committee Procedure
Nominations will be evaluated and ranked on the following basis:

  • Nominee’s actions and activities that make him/her an outstanding mentor in the social sciences (12 points);
  • Nominee’s impact on students, as evidenced by the mentee's statement of support (10 points); and
  • The extent to which the nominee reflects the goals associated with excellence in mentoring undergraduate research (8 points). These can include those in CUR's Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR) and/or George Kuh’s list of high-impact educational practices (

The selection committee expects to render a decision within six weeks of the nomination deadline.

Questions? Email Carol Strong, chair, CUR Social Sciences Division


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