Faculty Mentor Award Nominations Open, CUR Physics and Astronomy Division

Nomination deadline: May 3, 2019

The CUR Physics and Astronomy Division's Faculty Mentor Award seeks to honor mentors in physics and astronomy disciplines for their long-term efforts in mentoring undergraduate research (UR) students.

Eligibility. Mentors with three or more years of experience in a primary role are eligible for consideration. Although this generally corresponds to assistant professors and above, the committee recognizes that many mentors are not in tenure-track positions and that some scientists begin significant undergraduate research mentoring before they obtain a permanent position. Faculty mentoring interdisciplinary projects are eligible as long as those projects involve a major physical or astronomical component.

Nomination Requirements. Nominations must be made by colleagues or students who know the nominee well. Individuals may be nominated by CUR Institutional or Institutional-Enhanced members, or individual CUR members of the Physics and Astronomy Division. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

(2) A nomination letter​ (two-three-page limit; submitted at this link) that specifically addresses the nominee’s mentoring of UR students. In this letter, the nominator should describe:

(a) The nominee’s long-term personal commitment to mentoring
(b) How the nominee’s mentoring strategies fit student needs and limitations
(c) Additional information that the nominator feels is warranted.

(3) Nominee resume​ (two-page limit; submit at this link). This document should provide information on the cumulative UR mentoring activities.  All publications and presentations with undergraduate coauthors within the past five years should be listed.
(4) Two recommendation letters from UR students​ who have been mentored by the nominee within the past five years (two-page limit for each letter; submit at this link). Each letter should detail:
(a) How the mentor helped them achieve in areas of their life that mean the most to them (such as academic, career, or personal growth)
(b) How the mentor modeled positive behaviors and successful research outcomes
(c) Any additional information about the mentor’s work with them.
Deadline. Nominations must be submitted in their entirety by ​11:59 pm (EDT) on May 3,​ 2019, to this link.
Review and Notification. The CUR Physics and Astronomy Councilors will review all completed nominations and select this year’s winner(s). The awardee(s) will be notified in late May 2019. Awardees will receive a plaque recognizing their significant contributions to mentoring undergraduate researchers. Letters of recognition also will be sent to identified individuals (department chair, dean, provost, center head, and so forth). 
Questions? Address questions about the nomination process to Carol Hood (

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