2016 Recipient

Congratulations to Carolyn Anderson (Chemistry), the recipient of the Student-Faculty Research Award!

Carolyn has spearheaded two cooperative and successful grants to the Beckman Foundation, which recognizes only the best of undergraduate research colleges. She takes students to national meetings, directs at least two research students each summer, and leads and mentors our Goldwater Scholar applicants. In these ways and more, Carolyn is an outstanding research mentor and promotes research for the department.

Purpose of the Award

This award recognizes a Calvin faculty member with an outstanding record of working with student collaborators in his or her professional research and scholarship.

Eligibility

Any full-time or reduced-load member of the teaching faculty may be nominated for this award.

Selection Criteria

The recipients of this award will be Calvin faculty who have maintained exemplary programs of professional research and scholarship, provided opportunities for students to participate as collaborators in these programs, and mentored students seeking skills and understanding in specialized fields of study.

Nominations for this award will be sought from all divisions of the Academic Affairs Division of the college. Preference will be given to nominees whose collaborative research has led to publication and/or presentation of research results naming a student or students as co-author(s) or co-investigator(s). Award recipients will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Regular oversight of students involved in research.
  • Joint publications with students.
  • Helping students to prepare presentations for disciplinary conferences.
  • Applications for and receipt of grants that support student researchers.
  • Inspiring students to go on to research careers.

Selection Process

From September through October, the provost will solicit letters of nomination from students, individual faculty, and department chairs. The academic deans and the dean for research and scholarship will also review faculty activities reports and state of the department reports and, based on their review, may make their own nominations. The dean for research and scholarship will take the lead in considering the nominations and, in consultation with the provost, will decide on up to three nominees to present to the Professional Status Committee. There is no restriction regarding how many nominees may come from a single department or division. The Professional Status Committee will select the award recipient by December 1.

Past Recipients