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The Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies is committed to helping students navigate electronic and print information regarding available opportunities, as well as assist students in preparing for them.

For an extensive list of opportunities and a 1:1 consultation, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies (ours@acad.umass.edu) located on the 10th floor of the W. E. B. Du Bois Library.

Spotlight
GeoCUR Undergraduate Research Mentor Award The Geoscience Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research has established an annual award to highlight the importance of mentoring undergraduate research activities.

Eligibility: All Geoscience faculty involved in mentoring undergraduate research.

Prize: $500 along with a year-long CUR membership.

Expectations of Awardee: Short presentation when prize is awarded during the NAGT luncheon at the national GSA conference each fall.

Award Citation

The Geosciences Division of CUR annually recognizes an individual who serves as a role model for productive and transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships and for maintaining a sustained and innovative approach to the enterprise of undergraduate research.

Evidence of transformative student-faculty mentoring relationships include: leadership in fostering and sustaining the undergraduate research enterprise, student-mentor collaborations culminating in presentations at national or regional meetings and/or publication with student co-authors in peer-reviewed journals, and innovative approaches to involving undergraduates in research experiences incorporating research activities into the classroom and service learning.

Application Process

Nomination (including self nominations) materials: A two-page detailed narrative exploring how the candidate meets the criteria of the award, up to five-page CV that is focused on interactions with students, and two to five letters of support (at least one letter from a former student). The application remains on file for three years.

The application window opens March 1st and is open for three months. Send materials electronically to Laura Guertin (guertin@psu.edu) no later than June 1st of each year.

Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Committee:
Laura Guertin, Penn State Brandywine (guertin@psu.edu, award contact)
Daniel Brabander, Wellesley College
Erin Kraal, Kutztown University
Diane Smith, Trinity University


Staff

Lin Tang, Ph.D
Director of Learning Resource Center
tel:413-545-5334

Deb Phillis
Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies
tel:413-545-5334

Molly Alvin
Project Assistant
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Contact Us

Office of Undergraduate Research and Studies
1020 W.E.B. Du Bois Library
Amherst, MA 01003
Telephone (413) 545-5334
E-Mail: ours@acad.umass.edu

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