Call for Nominations, 2019 ChemCUR Outstanding Mentorship Award

CUR's Chemistry Division seeks to honor exceptional mentoring and advising by higher education faculty across all subdisciplines of chemistry with an Outstanding Mentorship Award. The award recognizes transformative mentoring and advising of the following:

•    undergraduate students in mentor-led chemistry research projects,

•    undergraduate students through the integration of undergraduate research into the academic curriculum and coursework in chemistry, and

•    undergraduate students and/or faculty by utilization of diversity and inclusion best practices in chemistry education and research

Each award will consist of a $500 cash prize to the recipient, a certificate of recognition, a one-year individual membership to CUR that will be funded by the Chemistry Division, and a letter of commendation from CUR that shall be sent to the recipient’s institution. If the awardee already possesses a CUR membership paid by the home institution, the one-year membership in CUR may be donated to another individual.

Nomination deadline: May 1, 2019

Eligibility Criteria

  • The award recipient must be a full-time faculty member in chemistry or a subdiscipline of chemistry at an accredited higher education institution in the United States, the District of Columbia, or any U.S. territory.
  • Faculty with interdisciplinary appointments or with appointments in related fields are eligible as long as mentoring activities and research projects involve a major chemistry focus.
  • Faculty at institutions that do not primarily serve undergraduates are eligible if the meritorious mentorship activities directly involve undergraduate students and/or faculty who teach undergraduates.

Nominations from past students and colleagues of the nominee are encouraged. Each qualified institution may submit one nomination annually for each award subcategory. Previous winners of major ACS or CUR national awards (such as the ACS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution, the CUR Fellows Award, and the CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award) are not eligible. Self-nominations and nominations from current students will not be accepted.

Nomination Materials (nominator must provide these in one PDF file):

  1. Nomination letter (2-page maximum; font size 12-pt Times New Roman; 1-inch margins). The nomination letter should highlight the nominee’s accomplishments in the mentoring and advising of undergraduate research students and/or faculty that are relevant to the specific award. Although some nominees may be exceptional across all award categories, the nominator should explain the nominee’s commitment to mentoring and advising, and emphasize the nominee’s effectiveness through discussion of outcomes that align with the award for which a nomination is being advanced. Outcomes may include peer-reviewed manuscripts featuring undergraduate student work, conference presentations by or with students, matriculation of mentees in graduate-level chemistry study, employment of student mentees as a professional in a STEM field, and/or career advancement of faculty mentees.  Particular attention should be given to the quality of outcomes and broader impacts achieved using available institutional resources, not the quantity of the outcomes. Additional insights into the nominee’s mentoring and advising philosophy, including significant consequences of the nominee’s efforts, are welcome. Details about how the nominee tailors mentoring and advising strategies to fit needs and strengths of students and faculty is required for the award focusing on diversity and inclusion best practices. Likewise, specific details on the nominee’s contributions to the development, application, and assessment of research experiences in chemistry courses and across curricula is required for the award focusing on this area.
  2. Two support letters (2-page maximum; font size 12-pt Times New Roman; 1-inch margins). Two support letters should be provided to the nominator for inclusion in the nomination package. Although support letters from colleagues and past students are welcome, support letters will not be accepted from students currently enrolled at the nominee’s institution. Support letters should personalize the mentoring and advising efforts of the nominee by explaining how the nominee has made a difference as a mentor and adviser to undergraduate researchers, peer faculty, and/or more broadly to the institution.
  3. Nominee CV (8-page maximum). The nominee’s CV should be tailored to showcase engagement in the mentoring and advising of undergraduate students and/or faculty across the primary areas of professional life. Outcomes of research mentoring and advising activities, including publications and presentations with undergraduate coauthors, should be clearly emphasized on the nominee’s vita. Additionally, professional leadership and service rooted in mentoring and advising of undergraduates or faculty who teach undergraduates also should be highlighted.

Complete the nomination form and submit nomination materials by May 1, 2019, at this link.

Review and Notification
The CUR Chemistry Division chair will appoint a committee composed of present and past division Councilors to review the nominations and select the awardees. Award recipients will be notified of award decisions by late May.

Have a question? Contact Kimberley Frederick, chair, CUR Chemistry Division.


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