UROP celebrates the recipients of this year's Mentor Awards, which recognize CU Boulder faculty and research staff for mentoring undergraduate research and creative projects.

These exemplary mentors were selected from numerous student nominations speaking to the transformative value of mentorship.

High-Impact Learning

UROP celebrates the impact mentors make at the intersection of scholarship and teaching. We know that what happens in partnership with mentors is transformative and empowering—and well-documented as a high-impact practice. In partnership with mentors, undergraduates are moving the university’s research mission forward and continue to provide real-time solutions to local, national and global challenges—all while driving innovations to further the public good.

2023 Mentor Awards

Christine Brennan

Assistant Professor
Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Nominated by Abigail Matthews

I decided I wanted to pursue a career in research, not only because she empowered me to do so, but she also made it realistic. I hope to follow in her footsteps one day and help students as much as she helped me.

Ash Weier

Research Associate
Vignesh Kasinath Lab, Biochemistry

Nominated by Malavika Vinod

Ash is very open about their research and experiences.  Getting to know about their daily life in a research lab, their hobbies, and the experiences they have had is what got me interested in research as a career.

Jordy Bouwman

Assistant Professor
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) / Chemistry

Nominated by Jackson Cahn

I learned how collaborative research is—with people coming together to discuss and converge onto hypotheses and solutions. This was something really new for me, and I think it will benefit my professional development.

Honorable Mention

Pat Clark

Assistant Professor
Critical Media Practices
Nominated by Sam Stevens

Nancy Emery

Associate Professor
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Nominated by Miles Moore and Elisabeth Sellinger

Christopher DeSouza

Professor of Distinction
Integrative Physiology

Nominated by Auburn Berry, Emmy Ostrander, Kendra Wegerson and Samuel Ruzzene

Aaron Whiteley

Assistant Professor

Nominated by Rico Carale, Melissa McEvoy and Peace Holguin-Walth

Mark Rast

Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences

Nominated by Aman Priyadarshi Kumar