Dr. Alexa Veenema and Dr. Adam Lock, were both recent recipients of the annual Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

May 22, 2019

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Contact:  Lizzy King, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, at lizzy@msu.edu or 517-885-1559

Dr. Alexa Veenema, associate professor of Behavioral Neuroscience and Director of the Neurobiology of Social Behavior Laboratory and Dr. Adam Lock, associate professor of Animal Science and director of the MSU Dairy Lipis Nutrition Program and Laboratory were both recent recipients of the annual Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award.

This award is completely student driven. Students nominate faculty mentors annually who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers

Ashley Chambers, a recent graduate of Chemistry in the College of Natural Science, and one of Veenema’s mentees, nominated her for the award.

“Dr Veenema has consistently demonstrated her commitment to my undergraduate research experience by providing me constant opportunities for both educational and professional growth,” said Chambers.  “I have been exposed to many novel research techniques that I would not have been able to experience without joining her lab.  These allowed me to develop into a better researcher, and I believe I would not be the student that I am today without her strong mentorship”

Ariana Negreiro, a recent graduate of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and one of Lock’s mentees, nominated him for the award.

“Dr. Lock saw potential in me and provided me with the opportunities and mentorship to culture my passion and open doors for my future,” said Negreiro.  “Dr. Lock’s commitment to undergraduate research was evident in the way he operated his lab.  He cultures a team-oriented lab environment and ensures that his students have opportunities to gain experience.”

The Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award recognizes MSU faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers.  The award is completely student-driven, as only undergraduate researchers can submit nominations and the University’s Undergraduate Research Ambassadors review and select the finalists. 

“A great research mentor is one of the most critical components to a student’s undergraduate research experience.  Research mentors bridge the gap between theory and practice as they show students how research works and evolves in very real settings.  Our research mentors play a very formative role in impacting students’ potential career pathways and overall educational experiences at MSU,” stated Korine Wawrzynski, Assistant Dean for Academic Initiatives and Director for Undergraduate Research.

The awards were presented during the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum Award Ceremony on April 10, 2019.  For more information about undergraduate research at MSU, visit http://urca.msu.edu/.

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