Faculty Mentor of the Year Award
The Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award recognizes UK faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers, provided exceptional undergraduate research experiences, as well as supporting and promoting the undergraduate research initiatives on campus.
Each year, outstanding faculty mentors are recognized at the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars for their outstanding leadership and support of students. View the 2021 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Nominees HERE.
Nominations open March 1, 2022
Deadline: April 6, 2022
PREVIOUS FACULTY MENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
2020 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
Catherine Linnen, Associate Professor of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Jeramiah Smith, Associate Professor of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Sarah D’Orazio, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, College of Medicine
Julie Pendergast, Assistant Professor of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences (Honorable Mention)
2019 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
2018 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
2017 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
2016 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
2015 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
2014 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
Event not held due to hosting the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at UK
2013 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
2012 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
Kimberly Anderson - Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering; College of Engineering
Nadine Kabengi - Assistant Research Professor of Plant & Soil Sciences; College of Agriculture, Food and Environment
David Atwood - Professor of Chemistry and Environment and Sustainability Studies; College of Arts and Sciences
2011 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
Trevor Creamer - Professor of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry; College of Medicine
A. Gwynn Henderson - Assistant Professor of Anthropology; College of Arts and Sciences
2010 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
2009 Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentors
FAQ for Mentoring Awards
Professor X has been nominated before, but has not won yet. Can I nominate him/her again?
Yes (and please do!).
Professor X has already won this award. Can I nominate him/her again?
Unfortunately, no. The Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award can be won only once in a lifetime.
Professor X has previously received an Honorable Mention award. Can I nominate him/her again?
Yes, a faculty that has received an Honorable Mention award is still eligible for this award and can be nominated.
Professor X is retired. Can I still nominate him/her?
Retired faculty are not eligible for this award, unfortunately.
Who is on the Selection Committee?
The selection committee is comprised of 10-15 upper-division undergraduate research students with the Office of Undergraduate Research administrators serving as advisors for the process.