College of Charleston Professor Honored for Mentoring Excellence

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The Council on Undergraduate Research has awarded Beth Sundstrom the 2024 Social Sciences Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award.

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Beth Sundstrom, communication professor and director of the Women’s Health Research Team (WHRT) at the College of Charleston, has received the Council on Undergraduate Research‘s 2024 Social Sciences Faculty Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research Award for her work with students.

The WHRT allows students to participate in research on health issues that affect women and girls. The team partners with local professionals and community-based health care initiatives.

RELATED: Find out more about the Women’s Health Research Team at the College of Charleston.

The award recognizes an outstanding mentor of undergraduate research in the social sciences for their role in supporting, encouraging, promoting a positive and inclusive scholarly and teaching environment for undergraduate students, and contributing to their students’ professional and personal development inside and outside of the classroom. 

RELATED: Learn how the Women’s Health Research Team is impacting the greater South Carolina community.

Successful candidates for this award demonstrate excellence in research guidance (as witnessed by student single-authored or co-authored conference papers and publications, interdisciplinary group projects, honors thesis supervision, etc.), in presentation mentoring (as witnessed by a successful track record of students presenting their work at university-level research forums through state/regional/national and international conferences), in career guidance and preparation (as witnessed in a successful track record of students entering the workforce and/or succeeding in graduate/law school) and in mentoring underrepresented groups/nontraditional students (as witnessed by unique teaching models and/or course structure/activities meant to incorporate a wider group of students into the research process). The awardee receives $200 and a plaque, and is featured in the Council on Undergraduate Research Social Sciences Division’s newsletter.

With a mission of supporting and promoting high quality mentored undergraduate research, scholarship and creative inquiry, the Council on Undergraduate Research provides support and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, administrators and students.

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