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CUR Announces Mentor Award Winner Tracey Holloway Recognized as the 2012 Geosciences Undergraduate Research Mentor

The Geosciences division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) annually recognizes an individual with the Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. The awardee is an individual who serves as a role model for productive and transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships and for maintaining a sustained and innovative approach to the enterprise of undergraduate research. CUR is pleased to announce associate professor Tracey Holloway, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as the 2012 recipient. The award will be formally presented at the Geological Society of America Meeting in Charlotte, N.C. in November.

Evidence of transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships include: leadership in fostering and sustaining the undergraduate research enterprise, student-mentor collaborations culminating in presentations at national or regional meetings and/or publication with student co-authors in peer-reviewed journals, and innovative approaches to involving undergraduates in research experiences incorporating research activities into the classroom and service learning. The award committee believes Holloway’s program makes her an exemplary undergraduate research mentor.

Holloway’s nomination package assembled by former students and current colleagues speaks of unrelenting support and mentoring of both her current research group and former students long after they have moved on. Her colleague, Arlene Fiore of Columbia University, observes how "she is making a major contribution in shaping the lives and careers of these undergraduate students." Her service to the research enterprise as mentor and supporter of these students certainly merit this award and distinction.

Council on Undergraduate Research: The Council on Undergraduate Research (www.cur.org) supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. 650 institutions and over 8000 individuals belong to CUR. CUR believes that the best way to capture student interest and create enthusiasm for a discipline is through research in close collaboration with faculty members.


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