Nominations Open for Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Awards

photo of UK Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Award recipients
Winners of last year's Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Awards, (from left) Sarah D’Orazio, Jeramiah Smith and Julie Pendergast. Catherine Linnen not pictured. Photo courtesy of UK Office of Undergraduate Research.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 22, 2021) — The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting nominations for the 14th annual UK Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year awards. The student-nominated awards recognize excellence in supporting undergraduate research and convey the UK's high regard for outstanding contributions made to the academic and research community.

Nominations should be based on exemplary mentorship with a focus on advising students on enriching projects, a commitment to providing exceptional undergraduate research experiences above and beyond the classroom, as well as supporting and promoting undergraduate research initiatives on campus.  

Candidates must be faculty members from any department at UK. Past award winners are not eligible for future nomination due to the large number of faculty participating in undergraduate research mentoring activities at the university.

Nominations are open now through April 6. Students may nominate their faculty mentor for the award here

The awards will be presented at the Virtual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars’ opening ceremony Tuesday, April 27, 2021. Last year’s award winners were Catherine Linnen, Jeramiah Smith, and Sarah D’Orazio. Julie Pendergast received an Honorable Mention award.

If you have questions about submitting a nomination for the UK Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, please contact Jesi Bowman at


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