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Call for Nominations and Nominations Guidelines

The Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Creative Work recognizes up to two outstanding UHM faculty mentors committed to mentoring undergraduate students in research and creative work (one from a STEM discipline, and one from a non-STEM discipline. See general guideline on discipline categories here). The application process consists of two steps:

  1. nominations of faculty by current and/or former (mentored within last 5 years) undergraduate student mentees; and
  2. for a selected subset of nominees a faculty application consisting of their undergraduate research/creative work mentoring record and philosophy, and letters of support.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) encourages UHM undergraduate students to nominate UHM faculty who exemplify dedicated and sustained excellence in mentorship of undergraduate research and creative work across all disciplines on campus. See below for a summary of the award process or get more detailed information.

Application Deadline

Student Nomination Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on February 1 of each academic year.

Faculty Application Deadline (by invitation): 5:00 p.m. on March 15 of each academic year.


$500/award. Up to two awards each academic year.

Award Eligibility

Any tenured or tenure-track UHM faculty involved in mentoring undergraduate students conducting research or creative work projects who is not a previous recipient of this award.

Any current or former (mentored within last 5 years) UHM undergraduate student is eligible to nominate a faculty mentor by submitting the Student Nomination Form by the February 1 deadline. The award review committee will select a subset of the top student-nominated faculty by March 1 to request a complete Faculty Application Form by the March 15 deadline.

Evaluation Criteria

The review committee will consider the following evaluation factors when reviewing both the student nominations and the faculty applications (see the evaluation rubric here):

  1. Evidence of dedicated and sustained excellence in faculty mentoring of undergraduate students in research and creative work endeavors.
  2. Impact of research or creative work mentorship on the mentee’s academic and/or professional achievements.
  3. Content and strength of support letters.

Award Procedure

Awards will be conferred at the Mānoa Awards Ceremony, typically held at the end of April each academic year.

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