U of A Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities


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Do you have an undergraduate research mentor who has made a big difference in your life? Ever wish there was a way you could thank them and have them recognized for their efforts? Now there is!


The Undergraduate Research Initiative, in consultation with students in our Peer Undergraduate Research Liaison program, created this award in 2015 to recognize the important contributions that mentors make to undergraduate research.


The University of Alberta Award for Outstanding Mentorship in Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities is a student-nominated award that recognizes those mentors that go above and beyond to help empower students to accomplish their goals, and to foster the next generation of researchers.


The award will be offered in four categories:


  • Early career faculty: faculty members who have held a faculty position at the U of A for 5 years or less
  • Established faculty: faculty members who have held a faculty position at the U of A for more than 5 years
  • Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Non-academic and technical staff

Recipients in each category will be recognized with a certificate and a letter to their Dean, Chair, or immediate supervisor (as applicable), highlighting their commitment to high-quality undergraduate research mentorship. This year's award recipients will be celebrated at the awards reception at the Festival of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 5-7pm in the Telus Centre.


Please note: In the event that a suitable nominee is not found for a particular category, the adjudication committee reserves the right to recommend that no award be given in that category.


Nomination Process


Mentors must be nominated by a current or previous student who has worked with them as an undergraduate researcher within the past six years.


Nominations are judged by an interdisciplinary committee of undergraduate students and faculty, based on the following criteria:


  • Accessibility of the mentor to the students
  • The quality of the research environment
  • Awareness and recognition of the student's capabilities and contributions to the research
  • Understanding of the individual circumstances of the student
  • Opportunities provided for the student's professional growth

Nomination Form


Submit your nomination via Google Forms


Note: Google Forms will not permit you to save your work in progress. If you prefer to draft your nomination offline, you may use this template (will download as a Word doc), then paste your final responses into the Google Form. 


The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 10th, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions


Can I nominate multiple people?

Yes! You can nominate more than one person. If you were co-supervised and wish to nominate both of your supervisors for a single mentorship experience, then you can submit one nomination with two nominees listed. If you are nominating mentors individually (i.e. not as co-supervisors), then you must submit one form for each mentor.


Can a group of students nominate a single mentor?

Multiple students can nominate the same mentor, but each student must submit their own nomination.


Should I use personal examples or keep it general?

Students are encouraged to provide detailed specific examples that demonstrate how their mentor has supported them, and to provide sufficient context for the adjudicators to evaluate your nomination. 


More questions?

Please contact the URI at uri@ualberta.ca if you have any questions about this award.