Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award

In 2015, we introduced the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award. We are delighted to recognize an outstanding undergraduate researcher from each college/school at the U. Faculty mentors are invited to nominate students, and awardees are selected by committee. The criteria for the Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award are:

  • Record of sustained commitment to developing research skills and knowledge under the supervision of a faculty mentor
  • Evidence of independent and critical thinking
  • Active participation in research-related activities on campus
  • Positive contributions to the research culture of the Department, College, and University

Each Spring, representatives from each college collect nominations and select the year's Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher from their college. Recipients and their faculty research mentors are celebrated at an annual undergraduate research awards luncheon.

2020 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awardees

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 undergraduate research awards luncheon, we have created a special web page to celebrate this year's recipients.

Hakan Ashaboglu (Prof. Trent Smith)
Architecture + Planning

Jacqueline Mumford (Prof. Robert Allen)
School of Business

Braden Fallon (Prof. Melodie Weller)
School of Dentistry

Danielle Sheremeta (Prof. Claire Son)
College of education

Takara Truong (Prof. Mark Minor)
College of Engineering

Alicia Ross (Prof. Satu Hummasti)
College of fine arts

Nathan Brian Rose (Prof. Adriana Coletta)
College of health

Benjamin Battistone (Prof. Ginger Smoak)
Honors college

Caitlin Silianoff (Prof. Christopher Mead)
college of humanities

Madeline Harker (Prof. Amos Guiora)
College of Law

James Carrington (Prof. Minna Roh-Johnson)
school of medicine

Christopher Rapp (Prof. Gannet Hallar)
College of mines & earth sciences

Bruno Gonzáles (Prof. Michelle Litchman)
College of nursing

Nam Nguyen (Prof. Chris Reilly)
College of pharmacy

Shaniah Chee (Prof. Brian Codding)
College of social & behavioral science

Connor Weatherly (Prof. Henry White & Prof. Shelley Minteer)
College of science

Hector Robles (Prof. Jason Castillo)
College of social work

Christine Martinez (Prof. Wanda S. Pillow)
school for cultural and social transformation

2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awardees

Michael Jarzin (Prof. Sarah Hinners)
Architecture + Planning

Carly Ho (Prof. Nitin Bakshi)
School of Business

Yasmeen Siripathane (Prof. Annette Fleckenstein)
School of Dentistry

Erin Feeley (Prof. Erin Castro)
College of education

Abbie Ireland (Prof. Trudy Oliver)
College of Engineering

Victoria Holmes (Prof. Kate Mattingly)
College of fine arts

Samira Gholami (Prof. Anandh Velayutham)
College of health

Camrey Tuttle (Prof. Sara Simonsen)
Honors college

Maya Kobe-Rundio (Prof. Robin E Jensen)
college of humanities

Reuben Ryan Cano (Prof. Dean Tantin)
school of medicine

Alexander Reifsnyder (Prof. Krista Carlson)
College of mines & earth sciences

Kristen Stucki (Prof. Gwen Latendresse)
College of nursing

Zack Harmer (Prof. Eric Schmidt)
College of pharmacy

Journey Bly (Prof. Leslie Knapp)
College of social & behavioral science

Maile Marriott (Prof. Valeria Molinero)
College of science

Sadia Al-Hilo (Prof. Jeremiah Jaggers)
College of social work

Estefanie Aguilar Padilla (Prof. Erin Castro)
school for cultural and social transformation

2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awardees

Carissa Pollock (Prof. Ryan Smith)
Architecture + Planning

Taylor Dove (Prof. Davidson Heath)
Business

Valeria Jimenez (Profs. Edmund Fong and Jesus Valero)
Cultural & Social Transformation

Elaine Cooke (Prof. Melodie Weller)
Dentistry

Carlie Haacke (Prof. Lauren Liang)
Education

Jayden Plumb (Prof. Ashley Spear)
Engineering

Cece Otto (Prof. Robert Scott Smith)
Fine Arts

Nikol Yonemura (Prof. Micah Drummond)
Health

Gemma Clark (Prof. Jennifer Weidhaas)
Honors

Lydia Morley (Prof. Matt Haber)
Humanities

Abbie Ireland (Prof. Trudy Oliver)
Medicine

Silvia Padilla (Prof. Michael Simpson)
Mines & Earth Sciences

Jia "Janny" Liu (Prof. Jacqueline Eaton)
Nursing

Zachary Barber (Prof. Hamid Ghandehari)
Pharmacy

Elom Amematsro (Prof. Sophie Caron)
Science

Hannah Samowitz (Prof. Monisha Pasupathi)
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Lauren Brocious (Prof. Caren Frost)
Social Work

2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Awardees

Sara Ference (Prof. Elpitha Tsoutsounakis)
Architecture + Planning

Heidi Qin (Prof. Dolores Delgado Bernal)
Cultural and Social Transformation

Carol Castañeda (Prof. Mary Burbank)
Education

Benjamin Gilmore (Prof. Taylor Sparks)
Engineering

Ali Mitchell (Prof. Monty Paret)
Fine Arts

Shantae George (Prof. Heather Hayes)
Health

Samantha Duzy (Prof. Michael Gills)
Honors

Eve Olson (Prof. Rachel Hayes-Harb)
Humanities

Caroline Wang (Prof. Catherine Loc-Carillo)
Medicine

Nicholas Thiros (Prof. Diego Fernandez)
Mines & Earth Sciences

Kyle McDougle (Prof. Lauren Clark)
Nursing

Annwin Chen (Prof. Amy Barrios)
Pharmacy

Amanda Bischoff (Prof. Matthew Sigman)
Science

Kai Sin (Prof. Aikio Kamimura)
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Rose Gomez (Prof. Jason Castillo)
Social Work

2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awardees

Michael Hoehn (Prof. Erin Carraher)
Architecture + Planning

Peter Curtis (Prof. Christopher German)
Dentistry

Mercedes Jorgensen (Prof. Lauren Liang)
Education

Kristina Lundgren (Prof. Taylor Sparks)
Engineering

Cynthia Chen (Prof. Catherine Mayes & Jane Hatter)
Fine Arts

Cecilia Cardozo (Prof. Stacy Manwaring)
Health

Julie Imig (Prof. Inese Ivans)
Honors College

Hillary Hermansen (Prof. Christopher Lewis)
Humanities

Kathryn Lami (Prof. Sihem Boudina)
Medicine

Benjamin White (Prof. Jeffrey Moore)
Mines & Earth Sciences

Christina Triptow (Prof. Katherine P. Supiano)
Nursing

Seychelle Marcus (Prof. Christopher Reilly)
Pharmacy

Ethan Lake (Profs. Oleg Starykh, Yong-Shi Wu & Zheng Zheng)
Science

Brianna Bartholomew (Profs. Elizabeth Cashdan & Leslie A. Knapp)
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Elizabeth Gamarra (Prof. Joanna Bettmann Schaefer)
Social Work

2015 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Awardees

Katherine Nix (Prof. Stephen Goldsmith)
Architecture + Planning

Zhao Jin (Profs. Elizabeth Tashjian & Cihan Bilginsoy)
Business

Andrew Johansen (Profs. Lisa McFadden & Annette Fleckenstein)
Dentistry

Tyler McDaniel (Prof. Erin Castro)
Education

Josh Kunz (Profs. Sneha Kasera, Robert Ricci & Kobus Van der Merwe)
Engineering

Chance Clouse (Prof. Maureen O’Hara Ure)
Fine Arts

Brett Cutler (Profs. Thunder Jalili & Anandh Babu Pon Velayutham)
Health

Diona Giannopoulos (Prof. Michael Gills)
Honors College

Kajsa Vlasic (Profs. Michael Gills & Disa Gambera)
Humanities

Aliya Khan (Prof. Leslie Francis)
Law

Andrew Jo (Prof. David Krizaj)
Medicine

Max Giannetta (Prof. Lowell Miyagi)
Mines & Earth Sciences

Andy Rivera (Profs. Kristin Cloyes & Linda Edelman)
Nursing

Josh Conarton (Prof. Hamid Ghandehari)
Pharmacy

Alexandra Kent (Prof. Jennifer Heemstra)
Science

Martin Puga Jr. (Prof. Rebecca Utz)
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Elizabeth Gamarra (Prof. Dena Ned)
Social Work