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Provost Award for Excellence in Research Mentorship Recipients

2018-2019 Award Recipients

Dr. Hector Medina has been at LU for 6 years and has mentored 24 UG students who have gone on to win awards such as the regional ASME Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition and have also gone onto prestigious graduate programs. Dr. Medina also serves as the faculty advisor of the Liberty University Missions Engineering and Research Club. In his time at LU, Dr. Medina has 15 journal publications, 9 conference proceedings, 13 conference presentations, 2 magazine articles, and 1 book in preparation. He has collaborated with businesses such as the Oak Ridge National Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, and BW Integrated Systems which has resulted in an impending DOE patent for a novel pump storage hydro system.



Dr. Jaeshil Kim has mentored 32 UG students in 30 different research topics on linguistics and TESL during her 11 years at LU. Most of these students have presented at regional and national conferences, while 3 have published proceedings. Many of her students have gone on to graduate programs at prestigious universities. Dr. Kim also serves as a faculty advisor of the Vietnamese Club, Logos Linguistic Society, and Nations United even though it is not part of her contracted load. During her time at LU, she has authored two publications and has voluntarily taken a reduced contracted load in order to research the Eastern Cham language in Vietnam.





Dr. Bethseda O’Connell

Dr. Bethesda O’Connell has been at LU for 3 years and mentored 9 UG students in 9 separate research projects which have resulted in 3 publications and 5 presentations. One of her students actually had a 1st place state-level presentation, placing above grad students. Dr. O’Connell has an external grant proposal submitted for Flahive (education, health, and conservation). Her students look up to her as someone who is passionate about research as well as her students.






Dr. Joseph Gigliotti has mentored 3 LU UG students in his first 2.5 years at LU. All of these students have presented posters at a major conference (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology). Dr. Gigliotti has also authored two research publications, 2 review articles, and 15 abstracts while at LUCOM. Eight of these abstracts include UG students as authors. His students praise him for his personable approach to teaching and mentoring.






Dr. Jichan Kim has been at LU for 3 years and has been teaching a research methods course in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Kim mentored 6 UG students through the Daniels Program, and this year, four of these students have presented at regional and national conferences (including NCUR and APS). One of his teams won first place at this year’s Research Week for the category of UG poster presentations. Dr. Kim has 12 journal publications, most of which focus on forgiveness psychology, one book chapter, and numerous manuscripts under review/preparation. He also mentors UG students through independent projects and honors theses.