Undergraduate Research Mentors of the Year

This award was inaugurated in 2003 to recognize outstanding faculty as mentors of undergraduate researchers.

Faculty who mentor undergraduate researchers are characterized as counselors and guides who encourage, instruct, and advocate. A good faculty mentor provides a role model for methods of inquiry in a field of study and for the responsible conduct of research.

Good mentors often provide students with their first entry into professional circles and support the dissemination of the student’s work as through professional conference participation or publication.

Cresencio López González, recipient of the 2018 USU Undergraduate Mentor of the Year Award

Crescencio López González
Crescencio López-González is an Assistant Professor of Latinx Studies at Utah State University. He graduated from the University of Arizona with an emphasis in U.S. Latinx Urban Literature and Culture. His research focuses on analyzing the works of Latinx authors who write about the city in which they were raised and how growing-up in these environments shaped their lives, their communities, and their future. In his analysis, he uses an interdisciplinary approach drawing from sociology, cultural studies, cultural geography, and urban studies. His forthcoming book is titled The Latinx Urban Experience: Trauma, Memory, and Desire in Latinx Literature and Culture.
Having received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis and his doctorate from the University of Arizona, two land-grant universities, he firmly believes in the land-grant mission of bringing research-based knowledge to undergraduate students. Last academic year, he prepared 19 students who presented at four different symposiums: at the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies at the University of Campeche, Mexico; at the Annual Utah Research on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City, Utah; at the Utah State Merrill-Cazier Library; and at the Annual LPCS
Student Research Symposium. In the past four years, he has prepared a total of 58 undergraduate students.

2018 College Undergraduate Research Mentors of the Year