Nominate Your Mentor

Do you have an undergraduate research mentor who has made a big difference in your life? Ever wish there was a way you could thank them and have them recognized for their efforts?

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:

  • Early career faculty: faculty members who have held a faculty position at the U of A for 5 years or less
  • Established faculty: faculty members who have held a faculty position at the U of A for more than 5 years
  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Research/technical staff (including non-academic 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.

Nominations for the 2019-2020 URI Mentor Award are expected to open in late November, 2019. Please watch this page for updates! 

2018-2019 URI Mentor Award Recipients

Early Career Faculty

  • Dr. Joseph Wiebe, Augustana

Established Faculty

  • Dr. Felix Sperling, Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Roxanne Harde, Augustana

Graduate Students & Post-docs

  • Connie Le, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology

Research Staff

  • Rosica Valcheva, Research Associate, Division of Gastroenterology

Nomination Process

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

Nominations are judged by an interdisciplinary committee of undergraduate students and graduate students, based on the following criteria:

  • Accessibility of the mentor to the students
  • The quality of the research environment
  • Awareness and recognition of the student's capabilities and contributions to the research
  • Understanding of the individual circumstances of the student
  • Opportunities provided for the student's professional growth

Nomination Deadline

Nominations for the 2019-2020 award cycle are expected to open in late November, 2019. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I nominate multiple people?
Yes! You can nominate more than one person. If you were co-supervised and wish to nominate both of your supervisors for a single mentorship experience, then you can submit one nomination with two nominees listed. If you are nominating mentors individually (i.e. not as co-supervisors), then you must submit one form for each mentor.

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. 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.