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Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards

Application Information


The University of Houston embraces its mission of providing a broad range of educational programs and services at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Supporting undergraduate participation in mentored research is an important component of the university's mission. The Office of the Provost in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards offers Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards to honor the dedicated practice of undergraduate mentorship at the University of Houston and to encourage faculty to support that aspect of the university's mission. These awards are presented to faculty honorees at the annual Provost Faculty Awards ceremony.

The Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards recognize excellence in supporting undergraduate research and conveys the campus' high regard for outstanding contributions made to the academic and research community. Award winners advise and work one-on-one with students on personalized, creative, enriching projects; they are committed to providing undergraduate research experiences above and beyond the classroom. 


The Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards celebrate the mentorship efforts of University of Houston faculty at all stages of their careers. This cash award of $1500 is available to faculty who are making a significant impact in their field by supporting and mentoring undergraduate students in research and scholarship endeavors.

Candidates must be full-time faculty members from any department at the University of Houston main campus who have demonstrated mentorship involvement for at least five years at the University of Houston main campus. Due to the large number of faculty participating in undergraduate research mentoring activities at the University of Houston, past award recipients are not eligible for future nomination. You may review the list of past recipients here.

Should you feel your undergraduate mentoring activities are particularly strong, but your position and time at the University do not qualify you for the award, please contact Dr. Stuart Long.


Nominations for this award should present evidence of significant contributions to advancing undergraduate research and scholarship on the University of Houston main campus. Applicants should not include mentorship that took place outside of the University of Houston, nor should candidates include information on undergraduate research courses they have taught. This means candidates should not include information on senior design courses and course projects within their application materials. 

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards faculty selection committee reviews the nominations. The strongest nominations demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate research through specific examples, such as peer-reviewed publications involving undergraduates, student presentations, showings, performances, awards or scholarships, and evidence of continuing success of mentored students (including where the students are now if possible). The selection committee reserves the right to be flexible in the selection process, subject to funding availability. Recommendations from the selection committee are forwarded to the Office of the Provost for review and final approval.


Nominations may be made by department chairs, faculty members, or students who have worked with the nominee.

Nomination forms are available below. One .pdf file of all nomination materials and letters of support must be emailed to the Office of Undergraduate Research and Major Awards by February 3, 2023 at 5 p.m. 


Nomination package. The nomination materials should be created on single-sided paper, using 12-point font size, and assembled in the following order:

  1. Nomination form – Download nomination form online.
  2. Brief curriculum vitae of the nominee – No more than two pages in length.
  3. List of mentored undergraduates – Create a document that includes: student name, dates or timeframe worked with student, and title of project. If possible, include information on the current position of each student; specifically, whether a student has enrolled in a Ph.D. program, professional program, or is employed in a research-intensive position in the private sector. List all students mentored since the beginning of academic career at the University of Houston.
  4. List of all publications and presentations that involved undergraduates – Designate the undergraduate researchers involved in each project by underlining their names. Indicate whether the articles are peer reviewed or not. List student honors associated with the experience such as PURS, SURF, and other research awards or scholarships.
  5. Description of mentoring philosophy – No more than one page in length. Explanation of how nominee works with students in regards to undergraduate research and mentorship. The nominee should explain specifically how he or she mentors students, and identify what types of activities undergraduates are involved in when working under his or her mentorship.
  6. Four letters of support – one (1) letter from the Chair of department, describing nominee's impact on field or department, with emphasis on evidence of nominee's contribution to undergraduate research and mentoring; two (2) letters of recommendation from students who have worked with the nominee; one (1) letter from the nominator (if he/she is not the department chair). If the nominator is the Chair, this letter can come from a colleague, or another student who has worked with the nominee. Only these four letters of recommendation will be accepted with the nomination.

Nominations must be submitted electronically as a .pdf file. Please make a single .pdf file (labeled with the last name of the applicant) containing items outlined above and in the exact order indicated on the list: (1) nomination form, (2) C.V., (3) list of mentored undergraduates, (4) listing of publications and presentations, (5) description of mentoring activity, and (6) four letters of support. Please include the nominator's name, title, email, and phone number on the nomination form as requested. Email the nomination packet to

If you have any questions or require any additional information, please contact Dr. Stuart Long or Dr. Rikki Bettinger.


2022 Loi Do - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Associate Professor, Chemistry

2022 Tony Frankino - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Associate Professor, Biology and Biochemistry

2022 Kirill Larin - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

2021 Haleh Ardebili - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Bill D. Cook Professor, Mechanical Engineering

2021 Rosenda Murillo - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Associate Professor, Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences

2021 Pranav Parikh - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Assistant Professor, Health and Human Performance

2020 Lars Grabow - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Dan Luss Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

2020 Donald Kouri - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Chair and Professor, Physics

2020 Thomas Teets - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Associate Professor, Chemistry

2019 Aaron Becker - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

2019 Jakoah Brgoch - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Assistant Professor, Chemistry

2018 Hanako Yoshida - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Associate Professor, Psychology

2018 Jose Contreras-Vidal - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

2018 Lorraine Reitzel - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Associate Professor, Psychological Health and Learning Sciences

2018 Shuhab KhanUndergraduate Research Mentor Award
Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

2017 Edgar Bering - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award 
Professor, Physics

2017 Timothy Cooper - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award 
Assistant Professor, Biology and Biochemistry 

2017 Megan Robertson - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award 
Associate Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

2016 Bernhard Bodmann - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award 
Associate Professor, Mathematics

2016 Frank J. "Fritz" Claydon - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award 
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

2016 Bradley McConnell - Undergraduate Research Mentor Award 
Associate Professor, Pharmacology

2015 Albert Cheng - Lifetime Mentoring Award 
Professor, Computer Science

2015 Samina Salim - Early Mentoring Award 
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology

2014 Norma Olvera - Lifetime Mentoring Award 
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

2014 Jeffrey Rimer - Early Mentoring Award 
Ernest J. and Barbara M. Henley Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

2014 Carla Sharp - Early Mentoring Award 
Associate Professor, Psychology

2013  Rakesh Verma - Lifetime Mentoring Award 
Professor, Computer Science

2013  Maria Victoria Tejada-Simon - Early Mentoring Award 
Assistant Professor, Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences

2012  Lynn Voskuil
Associate Professor, English

2011  Gangbing Song
Professor, Mechanical Engineering

2010  Rigoberto Advincula
Professor, Chemistry

2009  Keith Hollingsworth
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering

2008  Margot Gayle Backus
Associate Professor, English

2007  Kenneth Brown
Professor, Anthropology 

2006  T. Randall Lee
Cullen Distinguished Professor, Chemistry