The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Health Sciences Division seeks to honor exceptional mentoring and advising by higher education faculty across all subdivisions of health sciences with an Outstanding Mentorship Award.  Mentors are leaders and role models for those involved in undergraduate research, scholarship, or creative activities. Health science disciplines are those that focus on health, wellness, disease, health care or health management as the core curriculum. In addition to traditionally considered health science disciplines, kinesiology, counseling, and speech language pathology are examples of other disciplines also considered part of health sciences.

The award recognizes transformative mentoring and advising of the following:

  • Undergraduate students in mentor-led health science research projects;
  • Undergraduate students through the integration of undergraduate research into the academic curriculum and coursework in health sciences;
  • Undergraduate students and/or faculty by utilization of diversity and inclusion best practices in health science education and research.


Each award will consist of a cash award to the recipient, a certificate of recognition, recognition through CUR’s media outlets, and a letter of commendation from CUR that shall be sent to the recipient’s institution.

Please submit all application materials online by December 31, 2020.  Please upload all nomination materials as one combined PDF.


Faculty members in health science disciplines are eligible for the award. Individual or institutional CUR membership is a requirement.

One award will be made in each of the categories below. In the case of exceptional applications, more than one award may be given in the same category for a total of 3 awards.



A faculty member may be nominated for the mentor award with nominations from former students and colleagues encouraged.  Self-nominations are also accepted.  Nominations are due December 31, 2020.

Nomination Process 

The nomination packet should include:

  • A nomination cover letter highlighting the nominee’s contributions to the mentoring of students in health sciences and cover the main points of review criteria below.  The letter is limited to a maximum of two pages.
  • A maximum three-page curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee tailored to showcase undergraduate mentoring activities, which should include any publications, presentations, exhibitions, and/or performances with undergraduate coauthors.   
  • Optional student statements – A maximum of two personalized statements from current or former undergraduate research students mentored by the nominee are accepted.  The statements should include 1) how their mentor contributed to their success and (2) how their mentor was a role model or inspiration. Statements should be no more than 500 words.  In lieu of statements, nominees can include up to five statements from the nominee's course evaluations in a course that contains an undergraduate research component.  
  • Optional chair letter – A  maximum one page letter from the nominee's department or program chair can be included.  The letter should focus on the nominee's mentoring commitment and accomplishments. 


Review Process

A committee composed of councilors from the Health Sciences Division will review applications. It is anticipated that the winning mentor will be notified by February 1, 2021.

Key Points of Review

Nominations will be evaluated and ranked on the following basis:

  • Evidence of undergraduate student mentoring
  • Evidence of professional development of students mentored
  • Evidence of impact and success


Questions may be addressed to the chair of the Health Sciences Division, Leann Laubach, or Councilors June Levitt or Jenna Yentes.