NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

The annual NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award recognizes Academic Alliance representatives at non-profit, U.S. institutions (excluding U.S. territories) 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.  

Applications for 2016 are now closed

Nominations for the NCWIT 2016 Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award have now closed. Be sure to check back on this page to see who won the award by March 18, 2016. We look forward to hearing from the winners at the 2016 Summit.


AT&T and NCWIT are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award.  The winners were congratulated at the Summit 2015.  See below for a list of the winners:

  • Dr. Renee Bryce: Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of North Texas. Dr. Bryce encourages students to develop research skills and enthusiasm to pursue graduate school. Bryce Co-Chaired the poster session for the Grace Hopper Conference in which there were over 150 posters. Thirteen of her students have been funded CRA-W CREU grants, including the USU Best Honors Thesis Award. In addition, 97% of the undergraduates she has mentored have earned a CS degree, and 37% have gone onto graduate school. Of her undergraduate protégés, 62% are female and 27% are members of underrepresented groups.
  • Dr. Margaret Burnett: Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University. Dr. Burnett consistently advises students in the Computer Science field with a great success rate, as 100% of her mentored students graduated with a CS or IT degree, while 59% of her students went on to graduate school. Burnett gives all of her students the opportunity to be full-fledged research partners, preparing them for their careers. Of her undergraduate protégés, 36% are female and 22% are members of underrepresented groups.
  • Dr. Colleen Lewis: Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College. Dr. Lewis actively works to build relationships with her students to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in computer science research. Sixteen of her research students (including 11 women) have co-authored published papers. Several of her students have also presented a poster at a conference and have pending conference submissions. Of her undergraduate protégés, 68% are female and 11% are members of underrepresented groups.
  • Dr. Lorie Loeb: Research Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Dartmouth College. Dr. Loeb created a lab, the Digital Arts Leadership and Innovation (DALI) Lab, where she mentors undergraduate students. In this lab, students focus on developing technology tools and systems to change behavior, allow people to think about data in new ways, and bring diverse groups together. Of her undergraduate protégés, 60% are female and 35% are members of underrepresented groups.

2015 NCWIT URM Winners

Left to right: Renee Bryce, Margaret Burnett, Mayim Balik, Colleen Lewis, and Patricia Morreale (accepting award for Lorie Loeb)

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People Involved: 

Bob Beck

Co-chair Liaison

Christine Alvarado

Project Team Co-leader

Anne Ngu

Project Team Co-leader