2011 Research and Creative Activity (RCA) Awards

Please join Vice President Huenneke and the entire staff of the Division of Research in congratulating this year's RCA awardees!


Most Promising New Scholar
This award is given to an Assistant Professor who has demonstrated a strong scholarly agenda and an extraordinary record of achievement that spans the breadth of peer-reviewed publications and other scholarly works, research grants and creative works. 

  • David Trilling, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy.  Dr. Trilling's work focuses on the origin and evolution of stellar and planetary systems and planets.

Most Promising Graduate Student Researcher: 
This award is given to a current NAU graduate student who has demonstrated intellectual independence, exceptional productivity and a dedication to contributing to the NAU academic and graduate student community.

  • Jut Wynne, PhD Candidate, Department of Biological Sciences.  Jut's research focuses on the biodiversity and biogeography of cave-dwelling arthropods.

2012 Most Significant Scholarly Work (2 awardees):
Presented to an individual or group for a work of scholarship that has had a demonstrable impact on the individual or group, the discipline and/or the university as evidenced through publicity, dissemination, citation, awards, etc.

  • Alex Alvarez, Professor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, for the Book, Genocidal Crimes (2010).
  • Barbara Torre Veltri, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, for the Book, Learning on Other People's Kids: Becoming a Teach for America Teacher (2010).

Most Promising Undergraduate Student Researcher: 
This award is given to a current or recently-graduated NAU undergraduate student who has demonstrated intellectual initiative and a dedication to learning through participation in extra-curricular research, scholarly and/or creative pursuits.

  • Laurie Urban, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Bachelor of Science, May 2011.  As an undergraduate, Laurie's research interests were in the areas of planetary system evolution, exoplanets and planetary disks.

Most Effective Research Mentor (2 awardees): 
Presented to a faculty member who has had a positive impact on multiple students (with an emphasis on student outcomes), provided leadership or assistance to other research mentors and who has engaged a diverse group of students.

  • Nadine Barlow, Associate Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy.  In addition to serving as Associate Department Chair, Dr. Barlow is also Program Director of the NAU/NASA Space Grant Program which sponsors the Undergraduate Research Internship Program (UGRI).
  • Paul Keim, Regents' Professor and Cowden Endowed Chair in Microbiology, Department of Biological Sciences; Senior Investigator and Director of Pathogen Genomics, TGen Research Institute; Chair, National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity (NSABB).  Dr. Keim mentors scientists at all levels-from aspiring high school researchers to Associate Professors! 
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