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Kerri Mowen Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award

The Kerri Mowen Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Faculty Mentor Award honors individuals who, during their time at California State University San Marcos, have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in increasing the participation of undergraduate students in research and creative activities above and beyond the classroom. The award recognizes faculty (including lecturers) who have mentored and guided a considerable number of students in research or creative activities, and/or faculty who have impacted the environment of the department, college, or university to significantly increase the number and diversity of students engaged in research and creative activities.

Congratulations to the 2022 Award Recipients!

award winners
Left to right:  De Leone, Oling-Sisay, Becket (Winner), Kemnitz, Clark-Ibañez (Winner)

Past Kerri Mowen Award Recipients:

  • 2021-2022: Deanna Schmidt, PhD & Christina Simokat, MA
  • 2020-2021: Richard Armenta, PhD
  • 2019-2020: Arun Sethuraman, PhD
  • 2018-2019: Lucy HG Solomon, MFA, & Robert Iafe, PhD
  • 2017-2018: Kim Pulvers, PhD, MPH
  • 2016-2017: Kimberly D’Anna-Hernandez, PhD

Watch for future opportunities to nominate faculty!

Know someone who provides extraordinary guidance, support, and inspiration mentoring undergraduates in research and/or scholarly activities? Nominate them for The Kerri Mowen Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award. This award recognizes faculty who actively engage undergraduates in research experiences/scholarly activities, consistently provide opportunities to promote student success, and offer unbridled support and assistance on admission and matriculation to graduate programs, or in securing a professional career. 

Nomination letters should describe how the nominee reflects the intent of the award including scholarship, effective mentoring and community building. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominees will be notified and asked to a submit CV and a brief 300-word summary of their mentoring activities. The award will be announced at the Student Poster Showcase and the recipient will receive $1,500 and a commemorative plaque. 

                                        Nominations will open on September 2023.
                                  Submit nominations by email to
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