Awards consist of first place (Plaque with $100) and second place (Certificate).

2010 Outstanding Research Presentation Award, Cellular & Molecular Biosciences (CMB)
1st Place - Eva Simanyi
2nd Place - Steven Geyer

2010 Outstanding Research Presentation Award, Competitive Undergraduate Research Fellowship
1st Place - Jessica Williams
2nd Place - Zachary DeVries

2010 Sigma Xi Outstanding Science or Engineering Research Presentation Award
1st Place - Denise Gerrity
2nd Place - Tia Filhiol

2010 William R. Gwin, Jr. Outstanding Research Presentation Award, University Honors College
1st Place - Hunter Rogers
2nd Place - Joshua R. Lively

2010 Sigma Xi Best Overall Scientific Poster Presentation Award
1st Place - Andrew Klinger
2nd Place -Nick Cochran

2010 Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society Award
1st Place - Michael E. Jones & Clark Solomon
2nd Place - Avery Curtis

2010 Best Fine Arts Presentation Award, College of Liberal Arts for Excellence in Fine Arts
1st Place - Julia Ann Starke
2nd Place - Olivia Margaret Suttle

2010 Best Presentation Award, College of Liberal Arts
1st Place - Rebekah Weaver
2nd Place - Andrew Holliday
2nd Place - Aaron Plitt

2010 MENTOR AWARD - Dr. Mark Byrne

Provost's Award For Faculty Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship
This award is established to recognize and encourage the individual efforts of Auburn faculty who mentor undergraduate students in research and creative endeavors. The award is designed to honor the practice of mentoring undergraduate research and scholarship, and it is meant to highlight significant commitment to undergraduate scholarship and creative work outside the classroom.

To be eligible, the candidate must be a member of the Auburn faculty who is currently mentoring or has mentored undergraduate students that are attending or have graduated from Auburn University . A demonstrated, tangible mentoring relationship with undergraduate students must be demonstrated. A faculty recipient of the award may be eligible to apply or be nominated again after three years from the date of receipt of the previous award and may not receive the award more than three times.

Selection Criteria
The faculty member must have a demonstrated and successful history in mentoring of undergraduate students in creative endeavors that involve studying or solving a problem, creating or designing a piece of work, or similar activities appropriate to the discipline. Evidence must be submitted demonstrating major commitment to undergraduate development and scholarship, including the following: (i) Significant Impact on Undergraduate Students Intellectual and Professional Development , (ii) Demonstrated Excellence in the Creative Endeavor (national and regional awards, peer-reviewed publications, student presentations, performances, or showings), and (iii) Ability to Motivate and Instill Values Beneficial to Undergraduate Students.

The award includes a monetary award of $1,000 and a plaque that will be presented during the Annual Auburn University Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Forum. News of the award will be disseminated via: (i) the AU Office of Communications and Marketing, and (ii) the AU Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Forum website .

The application will consist of: (i) a cover letter from the Department chair corroborating the mentoring relationship(s) and endorsing the nominee, including a brief discussion of why the faculty member should receive the award; (ii) a letter from the faculty member addressing the award criteria, especially highlighting peer recognition and awards resulting from the relationship(s), as well as a listing of mentored undergraduates (name, dates, publications, presentations, showings, etc.); (iii) a statement of mentoring philosophy prepared by the nominee; (iv) up to five letters from undergraduate students or undergraduate alumni who have been directly mentored by the faculty member; (v) any supporting information providing evidence of the creative endeavor(s) between the students and nominee; and (vi) a 2 page curriculum vitae from the faculty member.

Nominations will be evaluated based upon the aforementioned criteria by a formal selection committee. The selection committee shall consist of: (i) three members of the Auburn University Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Committee; (ii) a representative of the Provost's office; (iii) the immediate past faculty recipient of the award; and (iv) a current Auburn University undergraduate student who is involved in research or creative scholarship.

Application Deadline
All nominations must be submitted in one packet, including one original and six copies. Nominations must be submitted to Nancy Robinson, Science Center , Room247C, 315 Roosevelt Concourse, Auburn University and received by March 22, 2010.

This document was prepared by Dr. Mark Byrne, Sanders Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, and reviewed by the 2009-2010 AU Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Committee.

2009-2010 AU Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Committee
Dr. Frank Bartol, Anatomy, Physiology, & Pharmacology
Dr. Mark Byrne, Chemical Engineering
Dr. Lori Eckhardt, Forest Pathology/Entomology
Dr. James Hansen, History
Dr. Paul Harris, Honors College
Dr. Leanne Lamke, Human Development and Family Studies
Ms. Kathie Mattox, Honors College
Dr. Constance Relihan, English
Ms. Nancy Robinson, Cellular and Molecular Biosciences Program
Dr. Marie Wooten, Biological Sciences

Last updated: 06/06/2011