Call for Nominations

Overview: The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) requests nominations of outstanding UNCG faculty mentors for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards. We seek to recognize both pre-tenured (early career) and tenured (career) faculty for their efforts to engage undergraduates in experiential learning through research. The 2019 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Awardees will be acknowledged during the 13th Annual Carolyn and Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research and Creativity Expo, which will be held on April 4, and presented during UNCG Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring semester. These honors will include a plaque and $1,000 to support activities related to research and/or creative inquiry as it involves undergraduates during the following academic year.

Eligibility: UNCG faculty members with experience mentoring UNCG undergraduate students in projects that contribute to their disciplinary scholarship are eligible for this award. Nominees should hold a terminal degree in their discipline. The faculty member must have mentored at least five UNCG undergraduate students in research and/or creative inquiry. Prior recipients can be reconsidered after a three-year interlude.

Nomination Process: A faculty member must be nominated for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards by their Department/Program Chair/Head. The nomination will consist of:
1) letter of nomination from the Chair/Head
2) the nominee’s C.V.
3) brief letters of support from two students mentored by the faculty member (two-page max)
4) a teaching/research statement from the mentor (two-page max).

*** All nominations will be kept on file and can be reactivated by providing an updated CV and any other materials deemed necessary by the department/program. ***

Examples of the types of activities that will be considered in the selection process include:

  • Evidence of consistent research and scholarly activity involving UNCG undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry;
  • Mentoring UNCG undergraduates whose work has led to peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations;
  • Innovative approaches to mentoring undergraduates, including the involvement of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in undergraduate student mentorship
  • Extramural support for undergraduate research activities through grants, contracts, and/or fundraising.

Number of Nominations per Department: Only one nominee per category per department/program will be accepted. The Department/Program Chair/Head must submit the nomination.

Email Address: All nominations should be emailed to ursco@uncg.edu with “Undergraduate Research Mentor Award” in the subject line.

Important Deadlines: The DEADLINE for complete nomination packages is October 31, 2018.

Questions: Questions should be addressed to Lee Phillips, (plphilli@uncg.edu or 336-334-4622).