Fletcher Awards granted to undergraduate research and faculty advisers


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The Office of Undergraduate Research granted the Fletcher Awards to undergraduate students and faculty advisers for exceptional student research and mentorship in December.

Kaavya Butaney, Assistant Campus Editor

Six undergraduate students and two faculty members earned Fletcher Awards for research and mentorship from the Office of Undergraduate Research at the annual ceremony in December.

“Undergraduate research challenges students to think and collaborate in new ways, to add meaningful knowledge to the world and to raise the bar of their own expectation,” said Peter Civetta, the Office of Undergraduate Research director, in a University news release.

The Fletcher Awards have two categories: Summer Undergraduate Research Grants (SURG) and the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP).

The Fletcher Family Foundation awards a $250 prize for exceptional undergraduate research conducted with SURG grants. Every year, NU students have the chance to apply for $4,000 grants to implement an independent project idea with faculty supervision during the upcoming summer.

URAP is a paid student research assistant program that runs through the calendar year in which students work with faculty mentors to develop new skills. This is the Fletcher Awards’ second year recognizing both exceptional students and mentors.

“These programs, and specifically these faculty mentors, provide transformative opportunities and, when given these opportunities, the Fletcher Award winners show what is possible,” Civetta said.

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