Nominate Your Mentor

The University of Alberta Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities is a student-nominated award that recognizes those mentors that go above and beyond to help empower students to accomplish their goals and to foster the next generation of researchers.

The award is offered in four categories:

  1. Early Career Faculty (i.e. Assistant professor or equivalent, typically <5 years in their position)
  2. Established faculty (i.e. Associate professor or higher, typically >5 years in their position)
  3. Trainees (e.g. graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, teaching assistants, research assistants, other trainees) 
  4. Non-academic or technical staff  

Recipients in each category will be recognized with a certificate and a letter to their Dean, Chair, or immediate supervisor (as applicable), highlighting their commitment to high-quality undergraduate research mentorship.

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Call for 2023-2024 Mentor Award Nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2023-2024 URI Mentor Awards.

Mentors must be nominated by a current or previous student who has worked with them as an undergraduate researcher within the past four years.

Nominations are judged by a multidisciplinary committee of undergraduate students and graduate students, based on how they demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the following pillars of mentorship:

  • Personal support 
  • Professional support
  • Intellectual support 
  • Support of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

The deadline for URI Mentor Award nominations is January 19, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Nominate your Mentor

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I nominate multiple people?
Yes! You can nominate more than one person. Please submit each nomination separately.
Can a group of students nominate a single mentor?
Multiple students can nominate the same mentor, but each student must submit their own, original nomination. Each nomination should be supported with specific examples. Duplicate nominations will not be sent for adjudication.
Should I use personal examples or keep it general?
Students are encouraged to provide detailed specific examples that demonstrate how their mentor has supported them, and to provide sufficient context for the adjudicators to evaluate your nomination.

Congratulations to our 2023 Mentor Award Recipients!

The 2023 URI Mentor Awards were announced at the FURCA Awards Reception on Thursday, March 16, 2023. 

This year, 4 recipients were selected out of 37 nominations:

  • Early Career Faculty: Dr. Kristan Marchak (Assistant Professor in Psychology, Campus Saint-Jean)
  • Established Faculty:  Dr. Sanjay Kalra (Professor, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry)
  • Trainee: Moriah Deimeke (MSc student, Department of Psychology)
  • Research Staff:  Emily Armstrong  (Lab Manager, Rehabilitation Robotics Lab, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine)