Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

The Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office (URSCO) requests nominations of outstanding UNCG faculty mentors for the Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards. We seek to recognize non-tenure track, pre-tenured (early career), and tenured (career) faculty for their efforts to engage undergraduates in experiential learning through research. The Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Awardees will be acknowledged during the UNCG Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring semester. These honors will include a plaque and $1,000 to support activities related to research and/or creative inquiry as it involves undergraduates during the following academic year.

2023 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Winner

Dr. Kimberly Petersen

Dr. Kimberly Petersen, who conducts research on organic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, won the 2023 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award for Tenured Faculty.

Since joining UNCG 12 years ago, she has mentored 35 undergraduates in her research group, which focuses on developing new ways to synthesize molecules.


UNCG faculty members with experience mentoring UNCG undergraduate students in projects that contribute to their disciplinary scholarship are eligible for this award. Nominees should hold a terminal degree in their discipline. The faculty member must have mentored at least five UNCG undergraduate students in research and/or creative inquiry. Prior recipients can be reconsidered after a three-year interlude.

Examples of the types of activities that will be considered in the selection process include:
Evidence of consistent research and scholarly activity involving UNCG undergraduate students in research or creative inquiry;
Mentoring UNCG undergraduates whose work has led to peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations;
Innovative approaches to mentoring undergraduates, including the involvement of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in undergraduate student mentorship
Extramural support for undergraduate research activities through grants, contracts, and/or fundraising.

2023 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Winner

Dr. Brittany Cassidy

Dr. Brittany Cassidy, who conducts research on social cognition in the Department of Psychology, won the 2023 Thomas Undergraduate Research Mentor Award for Early Career Faculty.

Since joining UNCG five years ago, Cassidy has mentored 30 undergraduates in her Social Cognition Lab, which focuses on how people think, interpret, and evaluate each other.

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