NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

The annual NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award recognizes Academic Alliance representatives at non-profit, U.S. institutions for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields.

Students often cite the importance of an individual faculty mentor whose support influenced their educational and career path. Data show that research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) can make a difference in students’ lives and provide a pathway to graduate degrees and research careers. REUs can be particularly important for women – who earn only 18% of all bachelor’s degrees in computing – since they provide opportunities for personalized student-faculty interaction, a strong predictor of student retention.

The Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award accepts nominations for faculty from all non-profit, U.S. Academic Alliance member institutions (a school may become a member after one of its faculty is nominated.)  We are pleased to announce AT&T is again sponsoring this award and the institution where the school resides will receive a $5,000 gift that the winner can use for their research. 


The Call for Nominations for 2015 (Round 4) of the NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award is now open. Self-nominations are perfectly acceptable.  Winners will be recognized at the May 2015 Summit in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Members of the Academic Alliance (AA) are asked to nominate faculty members who conduct research with undergraduate students which embody the objectives of NCWIT:  individual or team research experiences, including undergraduate women, leading to student accomplishment and professional success. To nominate someone, (including self-nomination) simply

Nominate here

Nominations are due on October 19, 2014, by midnight MT. Winners will be notified by March 16, 2015.

Read our URM 2015 Call for Nominees and FAQs if you would like to see the short information you will be asked in the online nomination form. Also included are eligibility details, information requested from the nominee, and important deadlines of this award.

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AT&T and NCWIT are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award via Press ReleaseThe winners were congratulated at the Summit 2014.

Left to Right: (Front Row) 2014 winners: Dr. Silvia Figueira--Santa Clara University, Dr. Robert Beck--Villanova University, Dr. Alan Jamieson--St. Mary’s College of Maryland, not pictured Dr. Marie Desjardin--University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC). (Back Row): Maureen Doyle, Scott McCrickard (NCWIT co-leaders), Tommy Simpson (AT&T), and Margaret Burnett (NCWIT co-chair)

Click Here for Previous Winners.

For further information about any NCWIT Academic Alliance opportunities, please contact the AA program manager, Kimberly Kalahar, at

People Involved: 

Sharon Mason

Co-chair Liaison

Maureen Doyle

Project Team Co-leader

Scott McCrickard

Project Team Co-leader