Awards

The IUPUI Center for Research and Learning (CRL) annually honors outstanding undergraduate research and mentoring with three awards:

The recipient of the Chancellor’s Award is recognized at the annual Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation; the Bowling-Jones-Russo and the Director’s Awards are conferred during a campus-wide event hosted by the Center for Research and Learning in the spring of each year.


2013 Award Winners

  • Tomás Enrique Meijome: 2013 IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research
  • Qurat-ul-Ann “Anna” Mirza: 2013 Bowling-Jones-Russo Memorial Undergraduate Research Award
  • Dr. Yogesh Joglekar: 2013 Center for Research and Learning Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring Undergraduates

2012 Award Winners

Other Notable Awards and Recognitions


2014 IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research (Flyer)

The IUPUI Center for Research and Learning invites nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research, which will be conferred at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation, Friday, April 25, 2014, at 3pm in the Auditorium of Hines Hall.

This campus-wide honor includes a $1,000 prize. IUPUI undergraduate students completing a baccalaureate degree in May 2014, the preceding December, or following August are eligible. A student must be nominated by the student’s dean or dean’s representative, and the nomination must be accompanied by a dossier. Each school or unit may nominate two students.

The dossier must include:

  • A letter from the Dean or dean’s designee, not to exceed three pages, outlining the research and other relevant accomplishments of the nominee.  The letter should address clearly the outstanding nature of the student’s work and should include a layman’s description of the student’s research.
  • One additional letter of support from the student’s research mentor, department chair, or other appropriate person, not to exceed three pages, outlining the research and other relevant accomplishments of the nominee (a total of two letters).
  • The student’s complete CV.
  • Electronic copies of (or links to) student’s research, scholarly, and creative products.
  • A brief statement of future plans by the student.

The candidates will be evaluated on:

  • Research, scholarly, and creative accomplishments, including dissemination of research, scholarly or creative products through publications, and/or exhibits, and/or presentations at local, state, national, meetings (posters, talks, participation in workshops).
  • General accomplishments, grade point average, awards of any kind, service learning, internships, overseas study, etc.
  • Co-curricular accomplishments such as campus and community service, mentoring, memberships in organizations, relevant work activities etc.
  • Evidence of a plan for post-gradute research, scholarly, and/or creative activities.

The submission deadline for all materials is Friday, February 14, 2014. Nominations should be sent electronically to Darla Campbell in UL1140 (email crlstaff@iupui.edu  telephone 317- 274-8880).  A single winner will be selected from among the nominees by a faculty committee. 


The Bowling-Jones-Russo Memorial Undergraduate Research Award 2014 (Flyer)

The IUPUI Center for Research and Learning (CRL) invites nominations for the 2014 Bowling-Jones-Russo Memorial Undergraduate Research Award to be conferred at the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning Student and Faculty Recognition Celebration in April. This honor is given each year to a freshman, sophomore, or junior student for outstanding research in any discipline and features a $750 prize applied to the winning student’s bursar account the subsequent fall semester.

The award is made in memory of members the IUPUI academic community who displayed, to the highest degree, the ideals of commitment to a discipline and to the concept of mentoring others on the path toward excellence. Michael Bowling and Christopher Jones were students seeking a second undergraduate degree in Biology. While enrolled at IUPUI they became attracted to the research work being conducted by Dr. Raymond Russo and joined his research team. While on a field trip they lost their lives in a tragic automobile accident. Several months later Dr. Russo fell ill with an affliction that would take his life a short time later. This award has been made possible by donations honoring the memory of these three dedicated individuals. It is fitting that the proceeds be used to reward the best examples of synergy in faculty and student interactions that result from disciplinary inquiry.

A student must be nominated by a faculty member, research mentor, department chair, or dean and the nomination must be accompanied by a brief dossier. There is no limit to the number of students who may be nominated from any school or unit.To be eligible for nomination, a student must be a continuing student who has accumulated no more than 85 credit hours as of the beginning of the 2013 spring semester.

The dossier for the student must include:

  • Letter from the nominator who may be the student’s research mentor, department chairman, or other appropriate person, not to exceed three pages, outlining the research and other relevant accomplishments of the nominee. The letter should clearly address the outstanding nature of the student’s work and should include a layman’s description of the student’s research
  • A complete CV for the student
  • Electronic copies of (or links to) the student’s research, scholarly, and creative products.)
  • A brief statement by the student of future plans

The selection committee will compare candidates on the basis of:

  • Dissemination of the student’s research, scholarly or creative activities through publications, exhibits and/or presentations at national, regional and local professional meetings.
  • General accomplishments such as grades, research and educational mentoring, community service, relevant outside employment, internships, overseas study etc.
  • Awards received of any kind
  • Memberships in professional organizations (Sigma Xi, AAAS, for example), including service organizations that may not be research related.
  • Evidence a sustained commitment to scholarly/creative activities.

The deadline for submission of all materials by the student’s school is March 1, 2014. Please send nominations to Darla Campbell (crlstaff@iupui.edu, 274-8880). You may direct questions to Dr. Richard E Ward, Executive Director of the Center for Research and Learning by telephone at 274-0419, or email at reward@iupui.edu .


Kathryn J. Wilson Award for Outstanding Leadership in Mentoring Undergraduates (Flyer)

The Center for Research and Learning invites nominations from faculty, students and staff for the “Wilson” Award for Outstanding Leadership and Mentoring of Undergraduates. Each year this award is made to an individual who has made significant contributions promoting undergraduate research at lUPUl.

This award nomination should consist of the candidate’s curriculum vitae and a short one or two-page letter describing how the nominee meets the following criteria:

  1. Completed three years of service at lUPUl.
  2. Maintained a sustained record of contributions in mentoring students in undergraduate research and/or creative activity.
  3. Demonstrated the ability to assist students in their efforts to produce tangible products relevant to their engagement in research and/or creative activity (examples of this include conference presentations, poster sessions, exhibits, performances, publications, etc.).
  4. Served as an advocate for undergraduate research and creative activity by recruiting additional mentors, expanding undergraduate research and creative activity to new schools or departments, reviewing competitive grant proposals and student abstracts, accompanying students to national meetings or conferences, or obtaining external grants to expand funding for undergraduate research programs or scholarships.

In addition to the nomination letter, the dossier may include up to two additional letters. Letters from a mentee and from the nominee’s chair or dean are encouraged. The letters and the candidate’s curriculum vitae, should be sent by email to Darla Campbell at crlstaff@iupui.edu no later than March 1, 2014. Please contact Dr. Richard Ward at reward@iupui.edu  with any questions you may have.