Mentor Awards

Faculty mentoring is a very important part of undergraduate research. We value the time, effort, and energy put into guiding students through the discovery process.  Student are encouraged to recognize and show their appreciation by nominating a mentor for one of the following awards.

CURS Mentor of Excellence Award

Student nominated award to recognize and show appreciation to one faculty member annually who has shown excellence in mentoring one or more undergraduate students in research or scholarship. Nominations are accepted Mar 1 - March 30. The CURS Advisory Committee selects among all nominations. Eligible mentors are AU faculty who have mentored undergraduates in research for at least one year. The award, including plaque and $500 in funding for student research, is presented during Undergraduate Research Week each spring. 


Previous Award Winners


Dr. Ellen LeMosy, Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Working with Dr. LeMosy has truly been an enlightening experience and continues to provide me with incredible opportunities for learning and growth. I have no doubt that my entire career will be shaped by the time that I have spent with Dr. LeMosy over these past years.


Dr. Eugenia Sabbatini, Department of Biological Sciences

One thing that I have always admired about Dr. Sabbatini is her extraordinary ability to teach and connect with students. She shows us not only how to conduct research but also how to enjoy the process with a sense of curiosity....Dr. Sabbatini has inspired me with her devotion to her work, both as a researcher and as a mentor, and I will always be grateful for her support in my journey of self-growth and development. I believe that she is truly deserving of the CURS mentor of excellence award.  


Dr. Jessica Ziembrowski, Department of Social Sciences

Dr. Ziembroski is the most demanding, yet encouraging professor I've ever worked with at Augusta University, and she has greatly influenced my decision to become a social worker. She continually motivated me to reach my highest potential. She instills confidence in myself and my abilities through her mentorship.

High Five My Faculty Award

Student or peer nominated awards to recognize and show appreciation to a faculty member who has mentored one or more undergraduate students in research or scholarship. Nominations are accepted all year and awards may be presented at any point throughout the academic year. Awards are presented by nominator and CURS usually during a class period.


Certificate of Appreciation: Summer Scholars Mentor

Presented to each mentor of our Summer Scholars Program in appreciation for their support and guidance of undergraduate scholarship.

Student Awards

Click here to view the CURS Wall of Distinction, a summary of student achievement and excellence.