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Congratulations to the winners of the Spring 2013 URCA Assistant Program Awards!!

Vaughn Vandegrift URCA Assistant Research Mentor of the Semester Award

Dr. Jeremy Jewell, Department of Psychology

Nominated by: Casey Ritchard

"[Dr. Jewell] truly carers about his students and their plans for the future. He wants us to succeed and does everything within his power to help us make sure we reach our goals. We are very appreciative of everything he has done for us and would love nothing more than to see him be recognized for all the extra work he puts into being an amazing faculty mentor."

URCA Research Assistant of the Semester Award

Yonatan Gebre, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Nominated by: Dr. Xin Chen

"Yonatan is one of the top undergraduate students enrolled in the Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Program. In this URCA study, he has demonstrated all of the qualities that I would hope to see in an excellent and self-motivated student."

URCA Assistant Creative Activities Assistant of the Semester Award

Matthew Vallejo, School of Business

Nominated by: Dr. Kristine A. Hildebrandt, English Language and Literature

"Part of my respect [for Matt] comes from the fact that Matt is neither an English major, nor linguistics minor. In fact, he comes from the School of Business. ...Matt is a constant reminder that students from any discipline background can be successfully incorporated into a wide variety of research activities."

Other nominees:

V.V. Research Mentor

Dr. Anita Joy, School of Dental Medicine
Nominated by: Samantha Hamilton and Edilberto Castillo

Dr. Joshua Wooten, Kinesiology and Health Education
Nominated by: Brendan Graham, Allisa Yoder and Chris Orris

Dr. Mohammad Yousef, Physics
Nominated by Brad Rimmert

Dr. Darron Luesse, Biological Sciences
Nominated by: Michelle Pherson

Dr. Joel Nadler, Psychology
Nominated by Monica Fosberg, Jordan Blackhurst, Alyssa Gretak,
Tiffany Edwards, and Chelsie Abbett

Dr. Mike Dudley, Psychology
Nominated by: Kaylin James

Research Assistant

Casey Ritchard, School of Dental Medicine
Nominated by: Dr. Anita Joy

Grayce Voreis, Special Education and Communication Disorders
Nominated by: Dr. Amie King

Spring 2012 URCA Award Winners
Fall 2011 URCA Award Winners

For more information about the URCA program,
contact Dr. Laura Pawlow at 618-650-2608 or

The calls for nominations for these awards go out mid-fall and mid-spring.

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