Provost Award for Excellence in Research Mentorship Recipients

2017-2018 Award Recipients

Matalie Howard

Matalie Howard has designed a number of courses over her lengthy career at LU that focuses on applied research. She has helped to secure external grants including two Cotton Incorporated Student Sponsorship programs totaling $40,000. She has presented at the Virginia Family and Consumer Sciences state meeting, the national American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences meetings, the International Textile Apparel Association, and the Virginia Furniture Market association. Mrs. Howard has mentored 300+ student designers over 12 years including 12 mentees who have presented at Research Week and at national and international conferences or professional events.


Dr. Sam Smith

Dr. Sam Smith is a nationally-known scholar of colonial American history and has led in transforming history courses to focus on independent and collaborative student research. He has a consistent record of publications and presentations, including an upcoming chapter for an Oxford Press publication and a paper proposal for the 2018 Conference on Faith and History (Calvin College). Dr. Smith has directed the research mentorship of 14 undergraduate students including students who have presented at Research Week and have received awards at regional and national meetings of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honors society.


Bill Waddell

Bill Waddell has published articles concerning Cyberspace, Network Centric Warfare and strategic C2 systems in military education, and the integration of technology in future operations, and is a featured speaker at civilian universities, local High Schools, and government conferences on Cyberspace Operations. He has mentored undergraduate students including several who have presented at Research Week and external conferences. He has developed an advanced analytics course where students will conduct research on real-world issues, and report findings to an Intelligence community organization.


Dr. Joel Cox

Dr. Joel Cox has worked to deeply and naturally make the intricate process of graduate-level research a natural part of the undergraduate experience for criminal justice students. Dr. Cox created a co-curricular research group that currently has nine students with various levels of involvement including students who have received awards at Research Week.


Dr. Matthew Becker

Dr. Matthew Becker is committed to providing rich, mentored research experiences for Biology and Chemistry undergraduate students. Dr. Becker has authored/co-authored 17 publications, received or participated in receiving over $80,000 of research grants, and given numerous research presentations and invited talks. He has mentored 15 undergraduate students in the past 2 years including students who have presented at Research Week and multiple conferences such as the Virginia Academy of Science, Association of Southern Biologists regional meeting, and the Annual Association of Southeastern Biologist Conference. Several of his undergraduate students have published as primary authors. 

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