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CUR Biology Division Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards

The Biology Division of CUR is pleased to announce our Annual Award to honor Biology Mentors for their long-term efforts in supervising undergraduate research (UGR) students. Individuals who wish to be considered for this year’s award must be members of the CUR Biology Division or from a CUR Institution. Faculty mentoring interdisciplinary projects are encouraged to apply as long as those projects involve a major biological component. Supporting application materials must be submitted by 5:00 pm (PDT) May 25th 2012 to Larry Wimmers, at lwimmers@towson.edu.


Awards will be made in three categories. Applicants are asked to self-identify the category in which they wish to be considered and explain that choice in their letter (see below).


Early Career: Scientists with 0-6 years of experience mentoring undergraduate researchers. While this generally corresponds to Assistant Professors, the committee recognizes that many mentors are not in tenure track positions and that some scientists begin significant undergraduate research mentoring even before they obtain a tenure track position.


Mid Career: Scientists with 7-15 years of experience mentoring undergraduate researchers.


Advanced Career: Scientists with greater than 15 years of experience mentoring undergraduate researchers.


Application requirements

1. Applicant Letter: The mentor will provide an explanation of their cumulative mentoring activities involving UGR students (two page limit).

2. Curriculum vitae. Indicate all publications and presentations with undergraduate co-authors.

3. Colleague Letter: A recommendation letter from a colleague of the mentor who can speak first hand about the applicant’s mentoring of UGR students (two page limit).

4. Student Letters: Two recommendation letters from UGR students who were mentored by the applicant. One such letter must be from a student who was mentored by the applicant within the past five years (two page limit).


The CUR Biology Councilors will review the completed applications and will choose this year’s winner. The winning mentors will be notified in late June and will receive a cash award. We look forward to reading the application letters and learning about the great opportunities and experiences undergraduate students are having across the nation.


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