Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Research

The NCWIT Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Research (MAUR) recognizes Academic Alliance representatives at non-profit, U.S. institutions (including U.S. territories) for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields.

Students often cite the importance of an individual faculty mentor whose support influenced their educational and career path. Data show that research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) can make a difference in students’ lives and provide a pathway to graduate degrees and research careers. REUs can be particularly important for women – who earn only 18 percent of all bachelor’s degrees in computing – since they provide opportunities for personalized student-faculty interaction, a strong predictor of student retention. Do you know someone deserving of this award? Use this opportunity to submit a short nomination form for them or yourself. Students and peers are encouraged to submit nominations and self-nominations are perfectly acceptable. The nominee will be notified and will have the choice to move forward in the process.

Congratulations to the 2021 MAUR Award recipients!

  • Diba Mirza, Junior faculty member (Assistant or Lecturer rank—6 years or less) at Associate, BS or MS granting university or Teaching-track faculty at Ph.D. granting University
  • Gloria Washington, Junior Faculty member (Assistant or Lecturer rank—6 years or less) of research-track at Ph.D. granting university
  • Damla Turgut, Senior faculty member (Professor or Associate rank—more than 6 years) of Research-track at Ph.D. granting University
  • Haiyan Cheng, Senior faculty member (Professor, Associate or Lecturer rank—more than 6 years) at Associate, BS or MS granting university or Teaching-track faculty at Ph.D. granting University

Read their full commendations online.

Additional Information

The Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Research (MAUR) accepts nominations for faculty from all non-profit, U.S. Academic Alliance member institutions.* Self-nomination is perfectly acceptable.

View the Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Research (MAUR) Nomination Call & FAQs here, if you would like to see the short information you will be asked in the online form. Also included are eligibility details, information requested from the nominee, and important deadlines for this award.

*Note: a school may become a member after one of its faculty is nominated.

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