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Provost Award for Excellence in Research Mentorship Recipients

2021-2022 Award Recipients

Dr. Gene Sattler

Dr. Gene Sattler remains one of the most faithful faculty research mentors in the department of Biology and Chemistry. His research program has continued through his full tenure at LU and has included serving in scientific societies, authoring multiple publications, and mentoring more than 250 students during the past decade. His primary research project has been monitoring saw-whet owl migration, which involves the organization and coordination of a substantial team of student mentees for nightly netting, data collection, and safe release of the owls. Many of his students present during LU Research Week and at the Virginia Academy of Sciences meetings. Several of his students have been involved as co-authors in manuscript or book chapter preparation. Dr. Sattler is an exemplary example of long-term faculty mentoring in research, whose goal is to provide students the knowledge and skills in field research that will afford them a position to be able to share the gospel of Christ throughout their careers in science.


Dr. David Snead

Dr. David Snead has an unparalleled record of student research mentorship. Over the past five years, he has been a chair or reader for 22 honors theses and has served as mentor or sponsor for over 100 student research presentations.  One of his undergraduate students is currently contributing to his Holocaust research which he will present at Ariel University in Fall 2022.  Many presentation opportunities for his students come through Phi Alpha Theta, a national History honor society, and student participation in regional and national PAT conferences, NCUR, the Conference of Faith and History; and LU’s Research Week.  Many of his students have won national first place awards, published articles, gone to graduate school, and have even received a Fulbright award. Liberty University’s PAT chapter has won national best chapter awards under his leadership. Many LU students participating in Harvard’s National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) in January 2022, were his history students.

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