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Provost Award for Excellence in Research Mentorship Recipients

2020-2021 Award Recipients

Dr. John Coots

Over the last two years, Dr. Coots has mentored over 20 athletic training students with their research projects.  Eleven (six this year) of his mentees have had their research projects presented at Research Week.  His students have presented research at the state, regional, and national levels through the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Mid-Atlantic Trainers’ Association, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Meetings and Clinical Symposiums.  Dr. Coots stated, “God has truly blessed me beyond measure with the honor and privilege of working with our amazing Athletic Training Students and alongside the incredible faculty within the Department of Allied Health Professions in Training Champions for Christ!”  May God Receive All the Glory, Honor, and Praise! 

Dr. Brian Kelley

Dr. Kelley has directly mentored 28 students in research through the Daniel’s teams, Honors projects, Thesis, and Dissertations since joining LU in 2018. Many of his mentees have gone on to research jobs or entered graduate schools in top-tier programs. Four of his mentees published expert commentaries in one of his full-length textbooks. 

Dr. Mark Atwater

Dr. Atwater is new to LU, serving since January 2020. He transferred 2 National Science Foundation grants totaling more than $500K, which has funded 6 student researchers (3 graduate and 3 undergraduate). He has directly mentored 7 students in that short time, including all attending the Materials Science and Technology 2020 virtual conference and two student presentations being accepted for the same conference in 2021. He also led the submission of new research proposals totaling $1.7M. 

Dr. Mary Prentice

Dr. Prentice created a public policy journal, Journal of Statesmanship & Public Policy, in Spring 2020 which has been downloaded 4,361 times across the world. She co-founded the inaugural Helms School of Government Liberty University public conference, “Culture & Crisis: Reconciling Constitutionalism & Federalism in a Time of Crisis” which resulted in 450 registered guests and 70 student presenters (graduate and undergraduate). She is the faculty leader for the award-winning annual Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation team and serves as the faculty advisor to the Alexander Hamilton Society.  She also serves on numerous honors committees and Master’s committees promoting scholarship. 

Dr. Rachel Joseph

Dr. Joseph joined LUSON in the fall of 2019 after serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Jordan through her previous university, West Chester University of PA. She has been a great encourager for faculty and student (graduate and undergraduate) research, and student publications (Journal of Christian Nursing and several others on topics such as Personal Protective Equipment and Gun Safety with Pediatric patients) and presentations have increased significantly. She has directly mentored 28 students resulting in numerous publications and presentations including six presentations in Research Week this year.