Outstanding Research Mentor Award

This award is designed to recognize and honor outstanding CSTEP research mentors who have been involved in mentoring, supervising and advising CSTEP undergraduate researchers, and have impacted CSTEP students’ academic and professional careers. Outstanding mentors are awarded every 5 years through a nomination process done by former research interns. This award also recognizes faculty members that support CSTEP’s mission to increase the success of underrepresented populations pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and the licensed professions.

2012 Award Winners

Dr.  Folarin Erogbogbo
Dr. Folarin Erogbogbo, Assistant Professor, UB Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics
“Dr. Folarin demonstrates true dedication to training and teaching as a mentor. He has an outstanding ability to assess his mentees strength and addressed their weakness when necessary to make his students better.”

“Dr. Erogbogbo helped me in my personal growth as a person. He increased my confidence immensely. He helped me go for my dreams, and with his help I now feel confident and excited to move on to the next stage in my life.”
Dr. Mark Swihart
Dr. Mark Swihart, Acting Director of Graduate Studies, Director, Integrated Nanostructure Systems
“Dr. Swihart is an amazing mentor. He’s extremely friendly, very welcoming, and very easy to approach. I have always found him to be a great pleasure to work with and a wonderful mentor.”

“Dr. Swihart was always there ready to listen to my concerns and answer my questions pertaining to research and life decisions. He made every effort to make me feel like a part of his lab and I have felt that way since day one. He has affected my time here at UB in a truly positive manner and it would not have been the same without his mentoring.”
Dr. Randall Rasmusson
Dr. Randall Rasmusson, Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics
“I have decided to pursue graduate studies based on my experiences in Dr. Rasmusson’ lab and with the CSTEP program.  I was very fortunate to receive a strong and persuasive letter of recommendation from him.”

“Dr. Rasmusson showed qualities that allows me to feel comfortable in his lab. He is understandable, patient, and holds high expectations for me, which shows his faith in my abilities, but also makes me believe in myself.  I have a gained a bound of confidence and direction since entering his lab that I did not think I could achieve before.”
Dr. Jennifer Zirnheld
Dr. Jennifer Zirnheld, Director and Assistant Professor - Energy Systems Institute
“Dr. Zirnheld opened my eyes to what Electrical Engineering is and where it can take you. She definitely motivated me to do better throughout undergrad. The fact that she believed that I could be successful meant a lot to me.”

“Dr. Zirnheld holds all of her students at a very high standard and usually higher than the students hold themselves. This translates to the amount of responsibility I take in research projects, because I take on large roles in projects to meet her standards. She always encourages us to publish our research because it is our opportunity to showcase our hard work.”
Dr. Kevin Burke
Dr. Kevin Burke, Senior Research Scientist/Adjunct Instructor, Electrical Engineering
“Dr. Burke has always encouraged leadership, and in this project he encouraged me to be the point person for the graduate and undergraduate students. He felt that I was ready to lead a project and knew this would be a great experience for me.”
Dr. Qing Ma
Dr. Qing Ma, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
“Dr. Ma is always checking up on me and asking me how classes are. He always gives me tasks that are challenging, but capable of doing. He understands stressful situations in school and motivates me to get through them.”

“He equipped me to be ready for pharmacy school. I have my PharmD degree because of his training in the lab. He expected highly of his students and made his students work hard in the lab to understand the importance of research.”

Last updated: February 27, 2017 11:31 am EST

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