Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award serves to recognize a faculty mentor who has made notable and outstanding contributions to undergraduate honors students. The contributions can be through advising, international research opportunities for students, classroom instruction, project development, secured funding, published work, conference opportunities for students, or other activities or developments that help honors students and the Bumpers College Honors Program achieve its program mission. The awardee will receive recognition and an award of $1,500 to be used for research or creative activities that enhance the Bumpers College Honors Program. The awardee will be recognized at the Fall Faculty Reception.

The nomination call for the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Mentor has been issued. Nominations must be submitted by May 5, 2017.

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2017 Award Winner

Stephanie HubertMs. Stephanie Hubert is the 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Honors Faculty Mentor Award and will be recognized at the Fall Faculty Reception. Ms. Hubert has mentored three students to completion in the Apparel Merchandising and Product Development (AMPD) area and her students speak highly of her. Awardees are selected by our Honors Student Board via nominations from honors students enrolled in the Bumpers College Honors Program. One student wrote, “Ms. Hubert is an incredible mentor, professor, and advisor. She is truly everything that a professor should be; she is always working long hours for the benefit of her students. In my time at the university, I have never had a professor like Ms. Hubert, and she is truly the reason why I love the University of Arkansas. She takes so much of her own time to improve education and opportunities for her students, and I am incredibly thankful for having the chance to learn from her. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the ‘Outstanding Mentor’ award.” Another student wrote, “Ms. Hubert was the only faculty member who could convince me to join the Honors program in the first place because she saw my potential and always encouraged me and pushed me to fulfill it. She was integral to the ideation of my honors project and fleshing it out to completion. Ms. Hubert is the reason I am graduating with honors and an amazing research experience.” Ms. Hubert graduated her first Honors students in spring 2017. Her receiving this award speaks volumes about her dedication to students and the honors program. Besides a plaque award, Ms. Hubert will receive $1,500 to assist her with her Honors Program efforts. On behalf of the Bumpers College, we congratulate Ms. Stephanie Hubert for her service to our Honors students and our College.


2016 Award Winner

Dr. Jennie PoppDr. Jennie Popp was the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Honors Mentor Award in fall 2016. Dr. Popp served as a member of the Bumpers College Honors Committee for nearly 10 years. She has directed many honors student theses on topics ranging from assessing women’s roles in Arkansas agriculture to composting food waste from campus residence halls to optimizing school garden production in Belize. Many of her students have won awards for their honors research on campus and at the regional and national level. Dr. Popp has participated in honors committees within Bumpers College and Fulbright College and until recently, served as “first mentor” to all incoming honors students majoring in agribusiness. She received an Honors College Distinguished Faculty Award in 2011. She now serves as the Interim Associate Dean of the Honors College. Besides a plaque award, Dr. Popp will receive $1,500 to assist her with her Honors Program efforts. On behalf of the Bumpers College, we congratulations Dr. Jennie Popp for her continued service to our Honors students and our College.