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.

Applications for 2016 are now open

We are pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for 2016 (Round 5) of the NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award. Winners will be recognized at the May 2016 Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We ask you 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, simply

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Nominations are due on October 18, 2015, by midnight MT.

Read our URM 2016 Call for Nominees and FAQs if you would like to see the short information you will be asked in the online form. Also included are eligibility details, information requested from the nominee, and important deadlines of this award.

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. 


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