The Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year award honors a faculty member who has shown outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate research students.
Barry Bruce, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology, was once named by Forbes magazine as one of “Ten People That May Change the World.” For the nearly 250 graduate and undergraduate students he’s mentored, Bruce has done just that—changed their world. He is a highly accomplished lecturer, researcher, publisher, and mentor whose studies include photosynthesis and growing green energy. Bruce is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was the inaugural speaker for TEDx at UT. Bruce believes that good researchers must possess more than knowledge. He shows students that a certain level of aptitude is needed, but an exemplary researcher also must be adaptable and exhibit problem-solving skills and common sense.