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2015 CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award Recognizes Excellence in Student Engagement in Undergraduate Research

Jackson_Photo_WebThe Council on Undergraduate Research and The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation Acknowledge the Undergraduate Research Mentorship of Dr. Bruce Jackson, MassBay Community College.

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation presented Dr. Bruce Jackson, Biotechnology Coordinator at Mass bay Community College, the second annual CUR-Goldwater Scholars Faculty Mentor Award. The award was presented to Jackson on April 17, 2015 at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Eastern Washington University. In addition to a plaque commemorating the award, MassBay Community College received a $5,000 award in support of the undergraduate research programs of Dr. Jackson and his colleagues in the Biotechnology and Forensic DNA Science program.

Inaugurated in recognition of the important roles that faculty mentors play in the success of Goldwater Scholars, the award is presented jointly by CUR and the Goldwater Foundation to acknowledge individual faculty who have made outstanding contributions to the success of undergraduate researchers who have gone on to be Goldwater Scholars.

Dr. Jackson is a research leader, productive scholar, teacher, and personal mentor to the twenty MassBay Community College students who have achieved Goldwater Scholar awards.  President John O’Donnell, MassBay Community College affirmed this stating, “This award is a testament to Bruce Jackson's tireless dedication to his students and to his work at MassBay to help develop and grow our renowned sciences and undergraduate research programs. In large part to Dr. Jackson's service, MassBay continues to produce a record number of Goldwater Scholars and provide deep and meaningful opportunities for scientific research to our students. MassBay Community College is extremely honored to accept this award on Dr. Jackson's behalf to help build future generations of scientists and scholars.”

A pioneer and advocate for high-quality and cutting-edge undergraduate research in a community college setting, Dr. Jackson has  built a well-designed and developmentally-scaffolded program of undergraduate research for biotechnology students at MassBay, one that prepares students for both graduate study and Massachusetts’ thriving biotechnology industry. As Elizabeth Ambos, CUR’s Executive Officer notes:  “Bruce Jackson exhibits pride and delight in his students’ research and career accomplishments, and is an inspirational model for faculty who seek to combine research and teaching.”

W. Franklin Gilmore, President of the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation, notes “I have known Dr. Jackson for many years having served with him on the independent panel that reviews applications for Barry Goldwater Scholarships.  Bruce is a true champion for undergraduate research and especially undergraduate research as a teaching method in two-year colleges and community colleges. I have visited the facilities where he has mentored students for more than twenty years.  His facilities are excellent for undergraduate research and he has personally mentored the twenty Barry Goldwater Scholars from his institution.  This number is the record for the number of scholarships awarded to students at a community college.”