Editorial Advisory Board

It is with considerable excitement and pride that PURM announces the formation of an Editorial Advisory Board for our publication. From day one, our goal has been to make PURM the preeminent journal for issues related to undergraduate research and mentoring, as well as an international leader in the discussion of these issues; the formation of this Board will assist us in achieving this goal.

We believe that PURM is well positioned for additional impactful growth within both the U.S. and international undergraduate research communities. To facilitate this growth, we determined that now is the perfect time to initiate and develop formal, long-term relationships with accomplished and long-standing members of the UR community; relationships that will provide us with meaningful guidance in PURM’s continued growth and development. To this end, we created the PURM Editorial Advisory Board, whose formal charge is: To provide advice to the editorial staff regarding journal content, development, and direction; assist in promoting the journal, increasing its visibility, and encouraging readership and submissions.

Each of the five inaugural members of this Board (Drs. Grobman, Lunsford, Mateja, Sudhakaran, and Utter) was selected because of their notable professional records in the mentoring, scholarship, and administration of undergraduate research across a diverse set of disciplines (see individual bios below). In the coming months and years the collective wisdom, experience, and advice of this group will prove most valuable in guiding us toward our goal of making PURM a recognized international leader in the discussion of best practices in undergraduate research.

Dr. Laurie Grobman
Laurie Grobman is a Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Penn State Berks. Her most recent publication, “‘I’m on a Stage’: Rhetorical History, Performance, and the Development of Central Pennsylvania African American Museum,” appeared in College Composition and Communication in 2013. She also co-edited Service Learning and Literary Studies in English, forthcoming from MLA Press. Grobman’s teaching, research, and service interests center on service learning and community-based research. Grobman has published two single-authored books, Multicultural Hybridity: Transforming American Literary Scholarship and Pedagogy (2007) and Teaching at the Crossroads: Cultures and Critical Perspectives in Literature by Women of Color (2001), and two co-edited collections, Undergraduate Research in English Studies (2010)and On Location: Theory and Practice in Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring (2005). Grobman has published more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books. She is a co-founder of Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric and the founder of Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research. Grobman was the 2012 recipient of Penn State University President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Integration.

“I have learned over the years that an effective means to bringing students into vital scholarly debates is by helping them to carve out a niche for thinking genuinely and originally about creating knowledge. I incorporate these activities at appropriate levels in every class I teach, whether first-year, general education, or upper-division in a major.”

Dr. Gail Lunsford
Dr. Laura Gail Lunsford is an assistant professor at the University of Arizona, where she teaches courses in social and organizational psychology. Her studies the psychology of mentoring and has presented and published on mentor behaviors and dysfunction. She received the 2007 International Mentoring Association Dissertation Award. Her undergraduate students have gone on to win national fellowships and be admitted to top graduate programs.

“I mentor undergraduates in a lab where we study mentoring. It is rewarding to teach undergraduates how to systematically think about studying mentoring while being mentored. Their questions generate ideas for me and make improve our research.”

Dr. John Mateja
Dr. Mateja is an experimental nuclear physicist with research interests in the area of light heavy-ion reactions. After earning B.S and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Notre Dame in 1972 and 1976, he was a post-doctoral research associate at Florida State University. In 1978, he became a member of the physics faculty at Tennessee Technological University where he developed one of the first federally-funded research programs in the nation to involve physics undergraduates in research. In 1988, he joined the Argonne National Laboratory staff where he oversaw the laboratory’s college outreach programs.   In 1994 he joined the staff at the Department of Energy to help establish the Department’s new EPSCoR program. Dr, Mateja was appointed Dean of the College of Science at Murray State University in 1998. During his tenure as Dean, the College successfully competed for a Howard Hughes Medical Institute award, NSF Collaborative Research at Undergraduate Institutions award, NSF Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement grants, and NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research award. He was the founding Director of MSU’s Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity Office and today serves as the Director of MSU’s McNair Scholars Program. From 2008 – 2010, he served as a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. He has been the President of the Council on Undergraduate Research, a Governor for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and the Chair of the American Physical Society’s Committee on Education. He is a Fellow of the Council on Undergraduate Research and of the American Physical Society.

“For me, the value of undergraduate research all focuses on what it does for our students. If you want to change an undergraduate’s understanding of the ‘possibilities’ for his or her place in the world, provide him or her with an opportunity to engage in research. By doing so, you do nothing less than change the student’s life. Isn’t this what education is supposed to be about?”

Dr. Gubbi Sudhakaran
Professor Sudhakaran holds a doctorate degree from the University of Idaho. He investigates molecular spectroscopy and supervises student research in laser, atomic and molecular spectroscopy. Dr. Sudhakaran is on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse where he teaches in the Physics Department.

Dr. Alan C. Utter
Dr. Utter graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995 with a Ph.D. in exercise physiology and a Master’s of Public Health (M.P.H.) in epidemiology. A member of the Appalachian State University faculty since 1995. Dr. Utter is currently a Professor in the Dept. of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science, Interim Vice Provost for Research, and Director of the Health Promotion academic degree program and the University Office of Student Research. Dr. Utter is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Fellow, an ACSM Certified Exercise Specialistsm for Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Programs, an ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologistsm, and has served for 10 years as the Director for the ACSM Health and Fitness Instructorsm workshop. He is a past member of the ACSM International Certification Subcommittee. His research focus is body composition assessment, sport performance, and cardiovascular/ metabolic/perceptual responses to exercise. Dr. Utter has over 100 research publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Sports Medicine, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition as well as numerous presentations at regional, national, and international meetings. He also serves as an Associate Editor for ACSM’s Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Researchand the Health Science Division Editor for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Quarterly. He is a past member of ACSM’s Board of Trustees and Administrative Council, Past- President for the Southeast ACSM, Councilor for the Health Sciences Division of CUR and has served on the Sports Medicine Advisory Committee for the National Federation of State High School Associations, and consults regularly to the NCAA and the National Wrestling Coaches Association on weight loss issues in wrestlers.

“Mentoring students in the research process is one of the most satisfying and enjoyable components of being a Faculty member.”

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