More than 80 faculty and student researchers brought their findings – and their research posters — to the Gallogly Event Center on Dec. 4 for the 13th annual Mountain Lion Research Day at UCCS.
Mountain Lion Research Day is an opportunity for the UCCS campus to experience high-caliber research conducted by members of the UCCS community. It is also a celebration of innovation, mentorship and new knowledge.
“Mountain Lion Research Day brings the campus together to learn from each other and showcase the outstanding scholarship happening on our campus,” said Jessi Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research.
“UCCS is a high research activity university – and because we highly value student-faculty engagement, students at UCCS get to develop personal and meaningful relationships with their faculty mentors that result in cutting edge discoveries and innovative scholarship,” Smith continued. “It is a fantastic way to come together in celebration of our thriving research community at UCCS.”
In addition to research presentations, the Office of Research celebrated the winners of the Faculty Research Council’s Top Scholar Award, the Outstanding Research Mentorship Award, and the eight new inductees to the $1 Million Club for sponsored research.
See the winners of each award below.
Faculty Research Council’s Top Scholar Award
Undergraduate Top Scholar: Ally Vair
Project Title: “Whimsical Tales of Darkness: Julie Buffalohead’s Visual Storybook of Animals and Trauma”
Undergraduate Top Scholar Mentor: Kristen Galvin
Graduate Top Scholar: Andrew Gibson
Project Title: “Application of Koopman theory to the control of nonlinear bubble dynamics”
Graduate Top Scholar Mentors: Michael Calvisi and Cindy Yee
The Top Scholar Award recognizes student poster presentations characterized by excellence in scholarship, clarity in visual and oral presentation and demonstrated knowledge in a discussion with the judges.
Outstanding Research Mentorship Award
2021 Outstanding Research Mentor: Genia Olesnicky, Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Biology
The Outstanding Research Mentorship Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by faculty and staff members to facilitate a mentee’s research success, contributing to a positive culture of research at UCCS. Read more about Olesnicky on Communique.
$1 Million Club Inductees
Pat McGuire, Department of Teaching & Learning
Heather Song, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Russell Elsberry, Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience
Sylvia Mendez, Leadership, Research, and Foundations
Magdalene Lim, UCCS Aging Center
Gary Klein, Information Systems
Jessi L. Smith, Associate Vice Chancellor of Research; Department of Psychology
Elizabeth Daniels, Department of Psychology
See photos from the event below. Lindsay Coppa and Anna Squires contributed to event photography.