Nominations Open, 2017 Mentor Awards, CUR Biology Division

Through the CUR Biology Division Mentor Awards, the division honors biology mentors for their long-term efforts in supervising undergraduate research students. CUR institutional or institutional-enhanced members or individual CUR members of the Biology Division may nominate individuals. Faculty mentoring interdisciplinary projects are eligible as long as those projects involve a major biological component. Awards will be made in early career, mid-career, and mature career categories.

For information on nomination procedures and requirements, please see details below, or visit the CUR Biology Division website. Applications/nominations must be submitted in their entirety by 5:00 pm (PDT), Monday, October 23, 2017, via email to Shere Byrd.

Definitions of Categories

Early career: Scientists with 1-9 years of experience mentoring undergraduate researchers. Although 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 10-19 years of experience mentoring undergraduate researchers.

Mature career: Scientists with more than 19 years of experience mentoring undergraduate researchers.

Application Requirements

  1. Institutional profile survey
  2. Nomination letter – a nomination letter (3-page limit) that can speak firsthand about the nominee’s mentoring of undergraduate researchers (2-page limit). The nominator should explain (a) the nominee’s personal commitment to mentoring, and (b) how the nominee individualizes mentoring strategies to fit student needs and limitations. Additional information that gives more detailed insight into the nominee’s mentoring philosophy and style is welcome. 
  3. Nominee CV tailored to showcase mentoring activities – should provide information regarding cumulative mentoring activities involving undergraduate researchers (2-page limit). Please indicate all publications and presentations with undergraduate coauthors.
  4. Student lettersTwo recommendation letters from undergraduate researchers who were mentored by the nominee within the past 2-10 years (2-page limit). In their letter, students should explain (a) how their mentor showed commitment to helping them achieve in areas of their life that mean the most to them (e.g., academic, career, or personal growth) and (b) how their mentor modeled positive behaviors and successful performance.  Additional information that gives more detailed insight into the mentor’s work on behalf of the student is welcome.

The CUR Biology Councilors will review the completed applications and will choose this year’s winners. The winning mentors will be notified in late October or early November. 

The Councilors look forward to reading the application letters and learning about the great opportunities and experiences of undergraduate students across the nation. 

Questions regarding the application process may be addressed to Shere Byrd.

List of previous award winners


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