NCC Faculty Members Win OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award

From left to right: Al Fuertes, Michael Gilmore, and Duhita Mahatmya
From left to right: Al Fuertes, Michael Gilmore, and Duhita Mahatmya

New Century College faculty members Al Fuertes, Michael Gilmore, and Duhita Mahatmya were awarded the Mentoring Excellence Award from Mason’s Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, & Research (OSCAR).

The purpose of the OSCAR Mentoring Excellence Award is to recognize and reward outstanding Mason community members who mentor undergraduate students on research and creative activities and who foster a culture of student scholarship in support of Mason's Students as Scholars initiative.

Most recently, Al Fuertes mentored Lela Ross on her project title, “Assessing the Conflict Resolution skills of First and Fifth Graders.” Lela’s project was accepted to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) 2014.

Over the past three years Michael Gilmore has integrated students into his research on the Peruvian Amazon and is mentoring an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate students on developing and implementing a community-based water, sanitation, and hygiene project (Amazon WaSH Project) in remote Maijuna indigenous communities of the northeastern Peruvian Amazon.

Duhita Mahatmya mentored Ariel Smith on the project title, “Pathways to Young Adulthood Status Attainment: The Longitudinal Influence of Future Aspirations and Social Capital.” Ariel presented her research at the 2014 National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Congratulations to Al, Mike, and Duhita and thank you for your continued efforts in support of New Century College’s commitment to undergraduate research.