The Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and the Arts; Faculty Affairs; and the Graduate School invite nominations for the Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring by a Postdoc Award. This award recognizes outstanding undergraduate research mentoring by OSU postdocs. Recipients will have direct and significant involvement with undergraduate student researchers, a demonstrable commitment to the research mentorship of undergraduate students, and a record of effectiveness and impact with respect to undergraduate student research and success.  

This award - previously offered jointly for graduate students and postdocs, has been separated into two different awards for graduate students and postdocs. 

Award Details

The recipient will receive a plaque with their name engraved on it and an award in the amount of $1,000. 

Eligibility

  • Nominee is a current postdoc at Oregon State University
  • Nominee must have provided significant mentorship to undergraduate students in research-related endeavors at Oregon State University within the past three years

Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality of nominating letter 
  • Quality of additional letter(s) of support
  • Nominee’s overall effectiveness and impact in undergraduate research mentoring as described in the nominating letters and nominee’s statements. Measures of effectiveness and impact may include, but are not limited to accessibility, dependability, guidance in the undergraduate student’s research activities and learning, and demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable research environment supportive of undergraduate student success and belonging in the research context and on campus.
  • Quality of nominee’s statement and CV or résumé 

Nomination Period

The nomination period begins on October 1, 2021. All nominations must be submitted by 5 p.m., April 30, 2021. Awards will be determined in May 2021. 

Nomination Procedure

Nominees can not apply directly for this award. The PI or other appropriate staff member who can speak to the nominee’s mentorship of undergraduate students, may submit nominations. Each unit (as defined by university major code) may nominate no more than ONE nominee (total) per award cycle.

In the online nomination form, nominators will be required to prepare/upload the following materials as one PDF document using the following file name convention:
"Nominee's Last Name_Department_PDMentor.pdf", and upload it through the nomination form.

  1. A letter of nomination from the nominee’s PI or other appropriate staff member who can speak to the nominee’s mentorship of undergraduate students. The letter should address the nominee’s overall effectiveness and impact in undergraduate research mentoring. Measures of effectiveness and impact may include, but are not limited to accessibility, dependability, guidance in the undergraduate student’s research activities and learning, and demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive and equitable research environment supportive of undergraduate student success and belonging in the research context and on campus. {Limit one page, single-spaced}
  2. Up to two additional letters of support from the nominee's undergraduate mentees that can speak to the nominee's mentorship and commitment to research. {Limit one page, single-spaced per letter}
  3. A statement from the nominee describing their academic and professional goals. {Limit one page, single-spaced}
  4. A statement from the nominee describing their overall mentoring experience including how they support an inclusive and equitable mentoring environment. {Limit one page, single-spaced}
  5. A copy of the nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae.

    Nomination Form

    Submit a nomination

    Nomination form overview

    Questions

    For questions about this award or any Graduate School administered awards, please contact our Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships team