Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Nomination Guidelines

Faculty Mentor Award

Nominations will be accepted until March 1, 2019.

The Office of Undergraduate Research would like to recognize the hard work, time, dedication, and guidance research mentors provide to undergraduate students. In April 2019, we will join the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) to recognize excellence in teaching through undergraduate research mentorship.

Nominations will only be accepted from current undergraduate students, who are invited to nominate ONE Virginia Tech faculty or graduate student research mentor from any discipline. Nominations will be accepted until March 1, 2019. Nominations may be made anonymously.


Information you will need to provide in order to complete the nomination: 

  • Name, academic department, and email address for the research mentor you wish to nominate (faculty member or graduate student).
  • Three (3) adjectives to describe an exceptional undergraduate research mentor.
  • A brief explanation of how the nominated research mentor embodies the definition you provided.
  • A brief explanation of what sets the nominated research mentor apart from all the rest.
  • A brief description of the impact the nominated research mentor has had on you.
  • Basic information about you, including your name, academic rank, major, and email address.

Nominations will be accepted until March 1, 2019.


In their 2018 Undergraduate Research Mentor nominations, students identified their research mentors as being encouraging, inspiring, patient, and supportive and recognize their tireless and often unrewarded efforts that make their Virginia Tech experience unique and positively impact their future plans. The inaugural (2018) Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Awardees are:

Faculty Award
Dr. Xiaofeng Wang, Assistant Professor in Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science.
"He spends more time on others than himself, always willing and wanting to aid his undergraduate researchers. He helped me grow as a researcher by providing many opportunities and always extending his knowledge and advice. Spending time in Dr. Wang's lab has taught me so much about working in the real world. I feel I am much more equipped to take on challenges working with others for a common goal. My problem solving skills have increased immensely. Being offered an opportunity to research in his lab was probably one of the biggest highlights of my entire college career and has been an amazing experience." Nomination excerpts.

Graduate Student Award
Kyle Arrington, Chemistry.
"Kyle's unique mentorship helped me realize my potential. Kyle actively tries to involve me in more challenging projects to push my scientific passion and experience. The insights I gained from Kyle were invaluable to me in shaping my opinion about what I want from a graduate program and has made it feel achievable. In my mind, the mountain of graduate school has been brought down to size, and I know I am more than ready for it. I can honestly say there are very few people who have had as strong of an impact on my undergraduate experience." Nomination excerpts.



If you have any questions about the award or selection process please contact Keri Swaby, University Undergraduate Research Coordinator.