Annual Research Mentorship Award
Description: Faculty may mentor one or more undergraduate students in a research project - broadly defined to include all disciplines - potentially spanning several semesters. Mentors may work with an individual student or with a small group of students (i.e., a research cluster). Normally, students are expected to earn independent study coursework for the duration of the project, as credit earned would be one measure of the scope and duration of the experience. Reasons for why a student was not enrolled in independent study, if applicable, should be explained to the committee (e.g., project included summer term when the student was not enrolled).
Faculty and their students are expected to have their projects completed by the end of spring semester. The administration may require documentation of project completion before releasing the award (e.g., faculty should submit a copy of the Denman participation form to the administration). The application for an award should be submitted to the URMC by the deadline stated on the committee’s webpage.
Award: Faculty will be rewarded equally at an amount to be determined by the administration per qualifying research project (generally between $500-$1000 per project). This award will be in the form of a line of credit that can be used for professional development (e.g., travel expenses, books, research or teaching materials or supplies), and will be awarded after the spring awards ceremony.
The funds can be accessed directly by using the P-card. For other options, including reimbursements, please contact the Business Office.
Review: The URMC will review each application and recommend to the administration whether or not the project should be rewarded. Faculty who wish to be considered for an Annual Research Mentorship Award will have mentored their students through all three required elements: a written document, a poster presentation, and a public oral presentation as is required for Student Presentation Awards. Exceptions will be considered as needed by the URMC. In addition, it should be remembered that Annual Research Mentorship Awards require efforts made significantly above and beyond expected classroom duties or regular teaching load. The final decision regarding awards will be made by the administration. The winners of this award will be announced at the annual Spring Awards Ceremony.