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Nominate Today! Faculty Research Mentor Award 2016

Faculty Research Mentor Award

Deadline: February 1, 2016


As Smith Institute for Applied Research strives to enhance the culture of research at JCSU, we introduce the Faculty Research Mentor Award.

Dr. Ruth Greene trains students at the registration desk on data collection at Mayfest 2014. Photo: Keisha Talbot Johnson

Dr. Ruth Greene trains students at the registration desk on data collection at Mayfest 2014. Photo: Keisha Talbot Johnson

This $500 award is intended to encourage faculty mentorship of students and to recognize the value placed on research mentorship by the institution. $250 will go to the recipient of the award, and $250 will go to the recipient’s College to support faculty research development initiatives.

Supporting undergraduate participation in mentored research is an important component of the university’s mission. This award is intended to highlight the dedication research mentors demonstrate toward students’ research skill development. Award winners advise and work one-on-one with students on personalized, creative, enriching projects; they are committed to providing undergraduate research experiences above and beyond the classroom.

The strongest nominations will demonstrate an exemplary commitment to undergraduate research. This might include peer-reviewed publications involving undergraduates, student presentations, showings, performances, awards or scholarships, and evidence of continuing success of mentored students. Nominees must demonstrate mentorship that extends beyond expected classroom or lab instruction.

All JCSU faculty are eligible to be nominated.

Nominations will be reviewed by the selection committee. Recommendations from the selection committee will be forwarded to the Executive Director of Smith Institute for review and final approval.

The award will be presented at the University’s Grantmanship ceremony on Friday, February 12, 2016.


Nominations may be made by department chairs or students who have worked with the nominee.

Nomination forms for 2016 are available below. One file of all nomination materials must be emailed to Dr. Sarah Minslow (sminslow@jcsu.edu) in the Smith Institute for Applied Research by February 1, 2016 at 5 p.m. Nomination received after this deadline will be ineligible.


Nomination package (Max. 4 pages) The nomination materials should be double-spaced, single-sided, using 12-point font size, and assembled in the following order:


Nomination Statement (max. 2 pages) – the nominator must explain why the nominee should receive the award giving specific examples of mentorship activities (including students’ names) and their outcomes, such as the research experiences provided to students and the specific research skills developed

A letter of support – one (1) letter from the Chair of the nominee’s Department describing the nominee’s impact on field or department, with emphasis on evidence of nominee’s contribution to research mentoring. If the Department Chair is the nominator, this letter may come from a colleague who is familiar with the nominee’s mentorship activities.

 Submission: Nominations must be submitted electronically as one file. Please make a single file (labeled with the last name of the nominee) containing items outlined above and in the exact order indicated on the list: nomination form, nomination statement, and letter of support. Please include the nominator’s name, title, email, and phone number on the nomination form as requested. Email the nomination packet to Dr. Sarah Minslow (sminslow@jcsu.edu)

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact Dr. Sarah Minslow x1306.




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