2017 Distinguished Mentor of the Year Awardee: 

Dr. Julie L. Earles,

Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College



2017 Distinguished Mentor of the Year Finalists: 

1. Ilaria Serra, Ph.D. Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

2. Eric Levy, College of Business

3. Yuyoung Park, Ph.D. College for Design and Social Inquiry

4. Paul Peluso, Ph.D. College of Education 

5. Erik Engeberg, Ph.D. College of Engineering and Computer Science

6. Ceylan Isgor, Ph.D. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

7. Joy Longo, Ph.D. Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing 

8. Erik Lundberg, Ph.D. Charles E. Schmidt College of Science


Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Mentorship

Faculty who serve as model mentors to their undergraduate students are eligible to receive the Distinguished Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year award.  Each year, one university-wide award will be given.  The Distinguished Undergraduate Research and Inquiry Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year will be recognized with a $2,500 award at the annual Honors Convocation. 

Eligibility and Criteria for Selection

  • Full time FAU faculty
  • Demonstrated engagement of mentorship of students in undergraduate research and inquiry (i.e. co-curricular, curricular, individual, or group student mentorship)


  • February 1st   at 5:00 p.m.: Deans selection of College Nominee in the form of letter of support sent to OURI
  • February 7 th  College Nominees notified by OURI
  • March 1st  at 5:00 p.m.: College Nominee applications due  
  • April 19 t Announcement of Distinguished Mentor at Honors Convocation 

Selections Process

Deans will be asked to nominate one candidate from their college to OURI. The nomination should be in the form of a formal letter of recommendation from the Dean.  Colleges can establish their own process for internal selection or nominations. College candidates will be notified of their nomination, and asked to submit an application to OURI.

Candidate Application

College Nominees will be asked to provide the following information to OURI:

  1. A statement of undergraduate student mentorship philosophy (max 2 pages)
  2. Two letters of support from undergraduate student research mentees.  These may be written from the curricular or co-curricular research perspectives.  
  3. A current curriculum vitae outlining evidences of all undergraduate research and inquiry student involvement, including co-curricular student mentorship, curricular, and other.
  4. Complete the Faculty Engagement Survey.

Final selection of the DMOY will be made by the College Faculty liaisons and student representatives from our Council For Scholarship and Inquiry, based on the application materials provided and the Dean’s letter of recommendation. 

Previous Distinguished Mentors

2017      Julie L. Earles, Ph.D. Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College

2016      Tobin Hindle, Ph.D. College of Science

2015      Daniel de Lill, Ph.D. College of Science 

2014      Daniel Meeroff, Ph.D. College of Engineering and Computer Science



 Last Modified 4/19/18