Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Mentoring Award


The Research and Sponsored Programs Office at Penn State Altoona requests nominations of outstanding Penn State Altoona faculty mentors for the Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Award. We seek to recognize mentors of undergraduate students who have demonstrated excellence in the mentoring process, as evidenced by their impact on, and the outcomes of, their mentee’s personal and professional development in the discipline. Nominations will be accepted by current and former research students, and full-time employees (faculty/staff/administration).


Penn State Altoona faculty at any career stage with experience mentoring Penn State Altoona undergraduate students in co-curricular research or creative projects that contribute to the students’ personal and professional growth in the discipline. Some mentoring experiences must have occurred within the past five years. Preference will be given to nominees who have mentoring experience of more than two cumulative years and have mentored at least two students.

Process and requirements

A mentor may be nominated by a current or former Penn State Altoona undergraduate research student mentee or a full-time Penn State Altoona employee. All nominations will be solicited via the nomination form below. Nominees will receive an email with further directions on submitting the additional materials for consideration.


Recipients will receive a plaque and certificate awarded during the faculty and staff awards ceremony, $1,000 for research or creative activities supplies, and recognition at the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair. The deadline for nominations is February 1, with nominee support materials due March 1.

Please direct any questions to the Undergraduate Research Coordinator at [email protected].

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