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College Award

The College Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Mentorship

Thanks to the generous support of Frederick D. and Susan Rice Lewis in 2017, the College Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Mentorship recognizes a tenured faculty member in Arts, Sciences and Engineering who excels as a scholar, teacher, and mentor of undergraduate students.

This award recognizes the important relationship between classroom learning and mentorship through research opportunities. It salutes those tenured faculty members who teach large, introductory classes, as well as advanced seminars, independent study projects and mentor research experiences, especially involving laboratory training in the sciences and engineering. Dr. Lewis (PhD ’68), whose career spanned 48 years in teaching and research at Northwestern University, said that the intent of the award is to “reward tenured faculty members who continue to fulfill the promise, every day and every year, of being outstanding teachers, mentors, and scholars.”

Submission and Decision Process

We invite nominations from all sectors of the College:

  • Undergraduates
  • Graduate students
  • Faculty
  • Staff members
  • Administrators

Nominations should make a case for the nominee’s distinctive achievements in undergraduate teaching, particularly in large introductory courses, and as mentors. Students wanting to make nominations are encouraged to work with the nominee’s department to assemble the required information.

The nomination may include:

  • Letters of support from faculty colleagues who have substantial knowledge of the nominee’s teaching or mentorship in research.
  • Letters from students, teaching assistants, or others who have been influenced by the nominee’s activities.
  • Other supporting documents highlighting excellence, such as SCOQ (Student Course Opinion Questionnaire) results, information about grants related to pedagogy or the support of undergraduate research opportunities should be included.
  • Information about students previously mentored who have pursued research careers in science, engineering, or medicine should be provided.

All nominations must be submitted to the dean of the College by Friday March 2, 2018. Selections will be made by the dean of the College, and the deans of Arts and Sciences, and Engineering. One award will be given annually in the amount of $20,000. The award will be established as a departmental fund from which the faculty member may draw support for his/her teaching and research mentorship activities. The recipient will be recognized at the Undergraduate Research Exposition in April.

Questions about these awards should be directed to collegedean@ur.rochester.edu.