The CUR Mathematics and Computer Sciences Division has announced the recipients of its 2019 Faculty Mentor Award, which recognizes outstanding mentoring of undergraduate researchers:
- Early career: Pamela E. Harris (Williams College)
- Mid-career: Manda Riehl (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)
- Advanced career: Kenneth Berenhaut (Wake Forest University)
Berenhaut is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. He holds BA and MSc degrees from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Georgia, in Athens, GA. His research interests are broadly focused on areas related to applied probability, discrete dynamics, network science, convergence rates, mathematical inequalities, and discrete structures. Influenced heavily by his interactions with valuable mentors during his years as a student, he took the opportunity to begin working closely with students. His first manuscripts coauthored with students appeared in 2005, and, since then, he has published 22 papers with undergraduate coauthors. His students have presented at conferences in Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Spain, and the United States. In 2007, with support from Wake Forest, he founded Involve, A Journal of Mathematics, which highlights the results of quality collaborations between faculty and students at all levels and requires a minimum of one-third student authorship. The journal has published more than 50 issues and more than 500 papers.
The Council on Undergraduate Research supports faculty development for high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. More than 700 institutions and more than 10,000 individuals belong to CUR. CUR believes that the best way to capture student interest and create enthusiasm for a discipline is through research in close collaboration with faculty members.