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Call for Nominations, 2020 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 Awards. These awards recognize transformative mentoring and advising in at least two of the following four categories:

•    undergraduate students in mentor-led chemistry research projects,

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

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

•    undergraduate students and/or faculty by establishment of programmatic infrastructure that enhances undergraduate 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: January 2, 2020

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 a U.S. territory who has 10 or more years of experience in teaching and mentoring undergraduates.
     
  • 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 colleagues of the nominee are encouraged. Past students wishing to nominate a faculty mentor are encouraged to work with an institutional official who shall advance the nomination. Each qualified institution may submit one nomination per award cycle. 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 at least two of the four award categories. 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. For the category on integration of undergraduate research into the academic curriculum and coursework in chemistry, specific details on the nominee’s contributions to the development, application, and assessment of research experiences in chemistry courses or across curricula, are required. For the category on diversity and inclusion, details about how the nominee tailors mentoring and advising strategies to fit needs and strengths of students and faculty are required. Likewise, for the category on establishment of programmatic infrastructure, specific details on the nominee’s contributions to the development, sustainment, and assessment of programs are required.
     
  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. Professional leadership and service rooted in mentoring and advising of undergraduates or faculty who teach undergraduates also should be highlighted. For the category of undergraduate students in mentor-led chemistry research projects, all publications with undergraduates should be clearly emphasized on the nominee’s vita. For multi-author papers, the percent of contribution and role of the faculty mentor and the undergraduate student must be clearly delineated. The supervisory and mentoring roles of the nominee, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars in the group should be clarified. Likewise, stated grant activities should clearly identify the roles of each investigator.  
     

Complete the nomination form and submit nomination materials by January 2, 2020, 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 in March.

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

 

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