The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) selected two research supervisors as this year’s recipients of the Outstanding UROP Mentor Awards, and six UROP students for Outstanding UROP Student Awards.
Outstanding UROP Mentor Awards
UROP staff received a near-record high number of submissions from UROP students nominating their research mentors for the 2021-2022 Outstanding UROP Mentor Awards. The awards recognize research mentors who have demonstrated exceptional guidance and teaching in a research setting over the past year. UROP staff selected one faculty member and one graduate student from the nominations for this year’s awards.
Outstanding UROP Faculty Supervisor
Professor Ariel L. Furst, Paul M. Cook Career Development Professor, Chemical Engineering
Outstanding UROP Graduate Student Supervisor
Crystal Owens, PhD Student, Non-Newtonian Fluid Dynamics Group, Mechanical Engineering
Outstanding UROP Student Awards
The Outstanding UROP Student Awards recognize students for exceptional contributions as undergraduate researchers in their field. UROP staff selected this year’s recipients based on nominations submitted by UROP supervisors and mentors.
Outstanding UROP Student, First-Year Undergraduate
Oreoluwa O. Alao ’25, UROP in Physics
Outstanding UROP Student, School of Architecture + Planning
Sara V. Fernandez ’23, UROP in the Media Lab
Outstanding UROP Student, School of Engineering
Naksha Roy ’22, UROP in Chemical Engineering
Outstanding UROP Student (Team), School of Humanities, Arts + Social Sciences
Aria C. Kydd ’23, UROP in Music + Theater Arts
Skylar S. Larsen ’23, UROP in Music + Theater Arts
Outstanding UROP Student, School of Science
Desmond L. Edwards ’22, UROP in Biology
Congratulations to this year’s UROP Award recipients and thank you to all those who submitted nominations!
— Sara Nelson, UROP