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Michael Dickey Outstanding Research Mentor Award

This 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. The recipient is announced annually at the Spring Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium.

2024 Nomination Form

2024 Nominations are closed.

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

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.


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, teaching professors, research professors, and professors of the practice) and have mentored undergraduate student(s) for at least one year. Graduate students and postdocs are not eligible.

Past recipients of this award cannot be nominated again.

2024 Award Winner

Dr. Praveen Kolar
Dr. Praveen Kolar

Past Recipients

2023 – Dr. Jacqueline Cole

2022 – Dr. Carlos Goller

2021 – Dr. Tom Parker

2020 – Dr. Michael Dickey (read more)