The Ohio State University at Lima


Ohio State Lima biology professor earns university-wide award for research mentorship

Dr. Ryan Norris

Dr. Ryan Norris has been awarded the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry at The Ohio State University.

The award honors Ohio State faculty members who have demonstrated success in mentoring undergraduates in their research and/or creative inquiry endeavors. Norris is one of 31 in the 2020 class of winners.

Norris was nominated by students in his teaching lab at The Ohio State University at Lima, where he is an assistant professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology. Part of the nomination included the ways Norris helps his students grow intellectually and reach their academic and personal goals.

“From our first meeting I received patience, knowledge, and tools that I could use to become a better researcher and scientist,” said Amanda Weller, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science in biology. “Without a doubt, I will use the lab work and scientific writing skills that I learned in the future and will be forever grateful for the mentorship of Dr. Norris.”

Weller will begin a PhD program in Environmental Health Science at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in the fall. She met her future PhD advisor through Norris after he encouraged her to present her undergraduate research at an American Society of Mammalogists annual meeting.

“The work that I conducted in the Norris lab was very influential in my decision to pursue a PhD in this field,” Weller said. “Developing a project with Dr. Norris showed me that I was capable of achieving the level of research that I was unsure about at the beginning of my undergraduate degree.”