Arlan Norman Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring

Arlan Norman


Dr. Arlan Norman, beloved founding Dean of the College of Sciences and Technology (now College of Science and Engineering) passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 31, surrounded by his loving family. 

Arlie impacted the lives of family, friends, students and colleagues. Throughout his life, he worked to inspire the best in innovation, curiosity and excellence in science education. Please consider honoring his memory with a gift to The Arlan Norman Award for Excellence, established in 2015, conceived and designed by him.  In supporting Arlie's Fund, know  your donation will make a difference.


The Arlan Norman Award for Excellence has two aspects. First, it recognizes a faculty member in the College of Science and Engineering for excellence in mentoring student research. Based upon that faculty member's nomination, a financial award is made to that faculty member's student in the form of a summer salary, with additional funds for supplies to support the student recipient’s summer research.

Faculty Member Recognition:

Faculty members will be recognized for excellence in graduate and undergraduate mentorship, with one faculty member chosen for each. The faculty awardee will have a demonstrated record of mentoring student research as evidenced by student co-authored conference presentations, student co-authored peer reviewed publications in high quality journals and proceedings, and other evidence of student success such as research awards, fellowships, etc. 

Student Recognition:

The faculty awardee will select a student from their research group to receive funds for research associated with this award based upon demonstrated merit and outstanding promise in their student research.

Nominations will be made by the Department Chairs or Program Directors each winter/spring with the award made preferably during Scholars Week. Awardee selection will be in accordance with an approved process by the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering and the Dean of the Graduate School. Each department and program may nominate more than one faculty member.


  • Graduate student award at approximately $7,200 plus an additional $1,000 faculty award.
  • Undergraduate student award at approximately $6,000 plus an additional $1,000 faculty award.
  • Nominees must confirm that they have a student who will use the funding during the summer following receipt of the award.

This fund was near and dear to Arlie's heart and is truly a fitting tribute to his legacy and is one of the most important for the College of Science and Engineering, and receives University-wide recognition as a Presidential award for faculty members. It lives on in perpetuity in Arlie’s name as a true testament to his life’s work: promoting, supporting, and celebrating excellence in research.

Deadlines & Procedures

Please see our deadlines and procedures page for necessary materials and the deadline to nominate. Chairs and program directors may nominate a faculty member online.

Past Recipients

AY 22-23, Shawn Arellano (faculty, graduate), Vanessa Jimenez (student), and Wyatt Heimbichner Gobel (student), Biology

AY 22-23, Kimihiro Noguchi (faculty, undergraduate) and Nick Chandler (student), Mathematics

AY 21-22, John Gilbertson (faculty, graduate) and Allison Teigen (student), Chemistry

AY 21-22, John Misasi (faculty, undergraduate) and Dan Struble (student) Engineering & Design

AY 20-21, Mark Bussell (faculty, graduate) and Michael Sam Baldwin (student), Chemistry

AY 19-20, Robert Mitchell (faculty, graduate) and James Robinson (student), Geology

AY 18-19, Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez (faculty, graduate) and Nathaniel Guilford (student), Biology

AY 17-18, James Vyvyan (faculty, graduate) and Evangeline Starchman (student), Chemistry

AY 16-17, Clint Spiegel (faculty, graduate) and Ian Smith (student), Chemistry

AY 15-16, Susan DeBari (faculty, graduate) and Rebecca Morris (student), Geology

AY 14-15, David Patrick (faculty, graduate)  and Ryan Sumner (student), Chemistry