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Seven recognized for commitment to mentoring undergraduate students in research

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Six faculty members and one graduate student were recently named recipients of the Travis Stimeling Award for Mentoring Undergraduates in Research. 

Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Office of the Provost, the award serves to recognize and reward faculty and graduate students who encourage and support undergraduates in making an original intellectual or creative contribution to their discipline. 

Formerly the Faculty Awards for Distinction in Mentoring Undergraduates in Research, the award was renamed this year in memory of Travis Stimeling, former professor of musicology in the College of Creative Arts, who passed away in November.

Stimeling was a recipient of the award in 2022 and was a passionate advocate of undergraduate research and providing students with research opportunities.  

Awards are presented in four categories: arts and humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biosciences and health sciences, and physical sciences and technology. 

In 2022, an award for Graduate Student Mentor was added to recognize the important role graduate students play in mentoring undergraduates in research and creative work. 

The 2024 recipients are: 

“The benefits of engaging undergraduate students in research and creative work are widely recognized in literature, including higher retention rates and more successful degree completion,” said Cinthia Pacheco, assistant director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.

“We know this success is only possible because of the outstanding faculty who support not only their students’ intellectual and professional development through scholarly pursuits, but also provide adequate emotional and social support.”  

Find more information on each recipient.