Mentor Awards

The 2021 Mentor Awards will open on August 2, 2021.
Deadline to apply is September 12, 2021.

Every fall, full-time UAF faculty members, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students from all disciplines and campuses are eligible to apply for awards of up to $5,000 for mentoring undergraduate research and scholarly learning opportunities.
Funding options include; fellowships for undergraduate students, travel for undergraduate students, limited travel for the mentor, and supplies and/or services to help support undergraduate research and scholarly activity initiatives.

  • Individuals receiving awards must have their mentored students participate in Research and Creative Activity Day on April 7, 2022 and complete an evaluation. 
  • Applicants are limited to two Mentor Awards every three years.
  • Each application is reviewed by four members of the URSA Review Panel, a group of faculty members from from all disciplines in the arts/humanities/social sciences, natural/life, and engineering sciences.
  • Funds must be spent no later than June 15, 2022



Scoring Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Purpose of the activity or purchase with respect to potential for undergraduate research or scholarly activity as a result of the funding. History of undergraduate student mentoring or a desire to initiate mentoring activities.

Is the purpose of the proposed expenditure:

  • To support/create a multi-student, repeating, research opportunity for undergraduates
  • To support/create a one-time multiple student research opportunity for undergraduates
  • To support one student, one time
  • Not clearly expressed

The following qualities will be evaluated on a scale of 1–5, where 1 is high and 5 is low

  • The explanation of the significance of the proposed project or travel is.
  • The potential for the proposed project or travel to make a scholarly contribution to an academic discipline.
  • The potential for the proposed project or travel to bring about an improvement in higher education at UAF (and beyond).
  • The written quality of the proposal.




Dr. Elaine Drew (standing) Kevin Huo, Fiona Fadum and Jason Kells (L-R)




The following will also be considered in the evaluation of proposals:

  • The applicant articulates clear goals and/or expected student learning outcomes of the project or travel.
  • The applicant, through articulate writing and inclusion of detail, makes a compelling case for funding the project or travel.
  • The applicant articulates a clear mentoring plan.
  • The applicant proposes an appropriate budget for the project. 

Dallon Knight and Dr. Sarah Hayes