URECA Award for Excellence in Mentorship in Research and Creative Work

To honor faculty members who have distinguished themselves as excellent mentors of Wake Forest undergraduate scholars, the URECA Center has established a faculty award for Excellence in Mentorship in Research and Creative Work.  The award recognizes those faculty who share their passion for scholarship and creative activities, and who encourage and inspire their students to work closely with them.  Each year, URECA presents two awards: one to a faculty member in the arts or humanities and another to a faculty member in the sciences or social sciences.

We invite faculty and students to nominate faculty for this award. Nominations are not limited to faculty who have participated in Wake Forest Summer Fellowships or the Richter Scholarship Program, but to all faculty who have served or continue to serve as mentors for undergraduate scholarly work.  Nominations are accepted during the fall semester, and awards are presented during the spring semester.

Nomination Guidelines:

Department Chairs, faculty, or students should make effort to submit one file including the following:

  • Candidate’s CV with a list of mentored projects and any publications with students.
  • Chair’s letter of nomination (1-2 pages) that may include the following:
    • A description of the ways the nominee has influenced or encouraged the scholarly or creative work of an individual or group of undergraduate students. You may include not only collaborative work that the nominee has initiated through summer fellowships, but also directed readings, independent studies, departmental honors, externally funded research, etc.
    • The nominee’s history of mentored scholarly projects and any publications with undergraduates if not mentioned in CV.
    • Notable scholarly or creative accomplishments of undergraduate students who have worked with the nominee, for example, scholarly participation in presentations and performances and/or at conferences.
    • Notable scholarly or creative accomplishments of the nominee that were influenced or inspired by collaborations with students.
  • A maximum of three letters from students or faculty who can attest to the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

2021 Winners:

Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentored Scholarship in the Sciences and Social Sciences

John Dalton, Department of Economics

The Chair who nominated this year’s recipient of the Award for Excellence in Mentorship in Research and Creative Work in the Sciences and Social Sciences wrote that “he has … influenced and encouraged the scholarly work of his students in many different ways, including … advising honors theses, serving as a mentor on summer fellow- ships, [and] leading reading groups.” In his 11 years in the Department of Economics, the award winner has mentored numerous students to honors degrees, graduate programs, and  publications. Former student Lillian Gaeto, now pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at Vanderbilt, wrote, “Beyond the tangible skills and the scholarly advice he’s passed on to me, he has also taught me the value of steadfastness and devotion to students that I hope to emulate in the future.” Senior Andrew Logan, who is a coauthor on several publications with this award recipient, says, “Dr. Dalton has been an especially strong mentor in a time of COVID”, helping students connect with research projects both virtually and in-person.

For his consistent contribution to guiding undergraduates in economics and global trade, the Award for Excellence in Mentorship in Research and Creative Work in the Sciences and Social Sciences goes to John Dalton.

Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentored Scholarship in the Arts and Humanities

Robert Eastman-Mullins, Department of Theatre and Dance

Robert Eastman-Mullins, Associate Professor, Theatre & Dance

The recipient of this year’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship in Research and Creative Work in the Arts and Humanities has guided students in scenic and lighting design since joining Wake Forest in 2007. As described by his Chair, the award winner’s “knowledge of design is extensive and contagious, and students gravitate to him for advice.” Under his guidance, Wake Forest students have attended the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, celebrating their participation in award-winning scenic design.

Former student Silin Chen wrote that Rob Eastman- Mullins “encouraged me to present my work at theatre conference[s] and to embrace feedback from other theatre students and professionals. As an international student in a new environment, I felt that I was always heard and respected while working with Rob. Apart from professional skills, I learned not to strive for perfection, not to compare myself with others, and to be proud of my own path and progress.”

For his commitment to student engagement in theatrical design, the Award for Excellence in Mentorship in Research and Creative Work in the Arts and Humanities goes to Rob Eastman-Mullins.

Past winners of the URECA Mentorship Award

2020

Dr. Patricia Dos Santos, Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Zak Lancaster, Associate Professor of English

2019

Dr. Erin Fulp, Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Lisa Blee, Associate Professor of History

2018

Dr. Oana Jurchescu, Professor of Physics

Dr. Jefferson Holdridge, Professor of English

2017

Dr. Stewart Carter, Professor of Music

Dr. Patricia Nixon, Professor of Health and Exercise Science

2016

Dr. Laura Aull, Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics

Dr. Ken Berenhaut, Professor of Mathematics

2015

Ana Iltis, Professor of Philosophy

Steven Folmar, Associate Professor of Anthropology

2014

Nate Plageman, Associate Professor of History

Gloria Muday, Professor of Biology

2013

Harry Titus, Professor Emeritus of Art History

Ronald Noftle, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry