Dr. John Drake
Athens, Ga. – Dr. John Drake, an Associate Professor from the Odum School of Ecology, was awarded the 2011 Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award by CURO, in recognition of the depth and breadth of his support of undergraduate researchers while teaching and conducting research at UGA.
Writing in support of Dr Drake’s nomination, Dr. Richard Shefferson noted that “John makes a commitment to each of these students that involves a substantial amount of time and resources, meeting with each of them multiple times per week, involving each of them in a morning-long lab meeting each week that involves not just a journal club but also a virtual class session on new ideas and analytical techniques, and, perhaps most importantly, guiding them through the development of new projects.”
Theresa Strattmann, a 2011 CURO Summer Fellow, began working with Dr. Drake in her first semester at UGA. She was immediately struck by Dr. Drake’s investment in her and her peers: “I was barely established at the university, but nonetheless he took me seriously, gave me advice, and offered me as well as two other undergraduates the opportunity to do research under his guidance. I was not expecting a professor to devote so much time to a first semester freshman.”
Both comments reflect Dr. Drake’s state mentoring goals: “My goal in undergraduate research mentoring is to provide students with an experience that teaches them two things. First, they should learn something about science—something they didn't know before, something that couldn't be learned in course work. Second they should learn something about themselves—something about what kind of learner they are, what kind of scientist they could be.”
Further information on Dr. Drake, his lab and research colleagues, graduate and undergraduates alike, can be found at the Drake Lab website.