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Faculty Research Mentor Award

This student-nominated award recognizes University of Tennessee, Knoxville faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers. Faculty must be nominated by at least two undergraduate students, with at least one nominator having participated in the recent annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA). Below you will find more information on the nomination process.

Congratulations to our 2021 Faculty Research Mentor Awardees! A complete list of award recipients (2016 – Present) can be found here.

2021 Award Winners

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Jennifer Akerman, College of Architecture + Design

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Gabriel Goenaga, Tickle College of Engineering

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Sarah Lamer, College of Arts & Sciences – Social Sciences

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John Munafo, Herbert College of Agriculture


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Robin Nicks, College of Arts & Sciences – Humanities

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Bill Nugent, College of Social Work

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Albrecht von Arnim, College of Arts & Sciences – Natural Sciences

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Kelli Wood, College of Arts & Sciences – Visual and Performing Arts



Students who participated in the Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EURēCA) may nominate their faculty mentor for the Faculty Research Mentor Award. As you complete the nomination form, be reminded that:

  • A good faculty mentor has provided the background and necessary help in launching student learning and success with research, scholarship, or creative activity. This person guides with a kind and keen eye and works with students in a way that advances their learning as well as the scholarly work. A mentor “takes a special interest in helping [students] develop into successful professional[s]” and “assists [students] to optimize [their] education experience” (from Adviser, Teacher, Role Model, Friend).
  • A good mentor is not only readily accessible to assist students with their work, but they also provide a quality environment for students to grow in their capabilities and further their professional development. A good mentor provides leadership and advice beyond just the classroom setting.

As you prepare for your nomination, consider the impact of your mentor on your learning and overall experience.


Nomination Form

The 2021 nomination period has now closed – nominations were due April 15, 2021. 


Each mentor must receive two nominations to be considered for this award.  At least one nomination must come from a student giving a EURēCA 2021 presentation/poster mentored by the nominated faculty.  Additional endorsements can come from either a current or former student. Awards are presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Fellowships every spring to one faculty member per EURēCA division.

Thank you for honoring your mentor with a nomination!