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Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year Awards

Faculty Mentor Awards

This award recognizes University of Tennessee, Knoxville faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers.

Faculty must be nominated by at least two undergraduate students, with at least one having participated in the recent annual Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement.


2019 Award Winners

Steven Abel, Tickle College of Engineering



Matthew Cooper, College of Arts & Sciences – Social Sciences



Graham Hickling, Herbert College of Agriculture



Keerthi Krishnan, College of Arts & Sciences – Natural Sciences



Emily Paskewitz, College of Communication and Information



Lance Saunders, Haslam College of Business




2018 Award Winners

Sunha Choi, College of Social Work



James Chyz, Haslam College of Business



Erin Darby, College of Arts & Sciences – Humanities



Eirik Endeve, College of Arts & Sciences – Natural Sciences



Jon Hathaway, Tickle College of Engineering



Spencer Olmstead, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences



Gregory Stuart, College of Arts & Sciences – Social Sciences




2017 Award Winners

Sunha Choi, College of Social Work



Matthew Cooper, College of Arts & Sciences, Social Sciences division 



Vermont Dia, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources 





Sarah Lebeis, College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Sciences division 




Kevin Stevens, College of Architecture and Design



Jorge Variego, College of Arts and Sciences, Humanities division




Michelle Violanti, College of Communication and Information




2016 Award Winners

Anne SmithAnne Smith, Haslam College of Business

King and Judy Rogers Professor in Business, Professor of Management, and head of the Department of Management


Dan Roberts, College of Arts & SciencesDaniel-Roberts-150x150

Professor and the head of the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology


Sadie Hutson, College of NursingSadie Hutson

Associate Professor of Nursing



Sherry Cox, College of Veterinary MedicineSherry-Cox-e1462478413484-150x150

Clinical Professor of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences