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Undergraduate Research Program:Provost's Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher

2013-14 Nominations Due March 7th, 2014

ODU faculty members are invited to submit nominations for the Provost's Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. This award honors individuals who have exemplified excellence in research while undergraduates at Old Dominion University. The selection committee will make awards based on the uniqueness of research/scholarship, longevity of experience, and contributions to the discipline through presentations, publications, exhibitions, and/or performances. The award recipients will receive a $250 cash prize and be recognized at the spring "Student Awards Reception & Dinner." Up to two winners will be selected by a faculty committee selected jointly by the Provost and the Dean of Students. Link to Call for Nominations.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor

2013-14 Nominations Due March 7th, 2014

The Provost's Office asks College Deans to provide a letter of nomination for one candidate from their respective college for the Provost's Office to recognize and show appreciation for his or her undergraduate research and scholarship mentorship efforts. Link to Call for Nominations.

Previous Awardees

Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher 2011-2012

Joshua Hibberd
Department of Physics/Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Mr. Hibberd graduated from ODU in December 2011 with a double major in Physics and Electrical Engineering. Throughout his time at ODU, he has been deeply involved in undergraduate research and participated in research in both the College of Engineering, Department of Physics, and NASA Langley. His senior thesis was a collaborative project that involved faculty mentors from both Physics and Ocean, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. Mr. Hibberd's has presented his work at major professional conferences and is currently pursuing opportunities in aerospace electronics with the U.S. Air Force.

Julianna Pryor
Department of Biological Sciences/Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics

Ms. Pryor is a Biology major who will graduate in May of 2012. She has been active in Dr. Michael Stacey's laboratory at the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics since May 2011. Her research has focused on the role of gene expression in chest wall cartilage deformities. Ms. Pryor has been an active participant in ODU's Undergraduate Research Program initiatives including the annual research symposium, undergraduate research grant program, and conference travel program. At the end of March, Ms. Pryor will be representing ODU at the CUR National Undergraduate Research Conference and in April she will be participating in the CAA Undergraduate Research Conference hosted here at ODU. Finally, Ms. Pryor is a co-author on a manuscript that has been submitted to the peer reviewed journal "Connective Tissue Research".

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor 2011-2012

Dr. Stephen Ludwig Bültmann
Assistant Professor of Physics

Dr. Bültmann has been involved in mentoring undergraduate researchers since he came to ODU in 2003. He has mentored 17 undergraduate students, resulting in 5 publications that included undergraduates as co-authors, multiple student co-authored posters/presentations, and 13 senior theses. His work with undergraduates has been truly collaborative and he has put tremendous efforts into expanding undergraduate research opportunities in his department. Finally, Dr. Bültmann has been awarded a major grant from the NSF that includes undergraduate research as a major component of the project.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor 2010-2011

Dr. Steve Hsiung
Associate Professor of Engineering Technology

Dr. Steve Hsiung was awarded the first annual Provost's Award for Outstanding Research Mentor in Spring 2011 in recognition of his remarkable efforts in supporting undergraduate research at ODU. Dr. Hsiung joined the Department of Engineering Technology in the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology in 2003.Since then, Dr. Hsiung has taught the Senior Project Design research course in his department.He has mentored ten undergraduate Senior Projects.These projects have lead to six undergraduate coauthored journal and proceedings publications. Dr. Hsiung has also provided funding for undergraduate researchers through his external grant from NASA's Virginia Space Grant Consortium. (link to Dr. Hsiung's Homepage)