Michael Dickey Outstanding Research Mentor Award

Students work in the lab of Dr. Michael Dickey. Photo by Marc Hall

The Michael Dickey Outstanding Research Mentor Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated excellence in mentoring and supporting undergraduate researchers. The award was first given in 2020 to Dr. Michael Dickey, Alcoa Professor in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. This award is given annually at the Spring Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium.

Strong nominations for the award will show a commitment to the following:

Serves as a Guide

Guides students in their research/creative projects, helping them to move from directed toward independent work. Supports students by being available, attentive, encouraging, and understanding.

Creates Opportunities

Creates opportunities for students to develop advanced technical and soft skills. Helps students connect the research and creative inquiry process to real world challenges.

Encourages Communication

Assists students with sharing their research publicly though presentations, demonstrations, performances, and/or publications.

Supports Underrepresented Students

Creates an equitable research environment that supports the development of students with backgrounds underrepresented within the discipline.

Offers Academic & Career Advice

Offers guidance on academic goals and career plans, including assistance with prestigious fellowships and/or graduate programs.


Past Recipients

To nominate your mentor, you must be an undergraduate student at NC State and have worked with your mentor for at least one semester.

Your mentor must be a current, full-time faculty member from any department at NC State (this includes tenured, tenure-track, instructors, and professors of the practice) and have mentored undergraduate student(s) for at least one year.

Past recipients of this award cannot be nominated again

2020 – Dr. Michael Dickey (read more)