2019 Mentor Awards
Byron A. Alexander Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award
Hannah Britton - Political Science
Dr. Hannah Britton is an associate professor in the departments of Political Science and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Britton's scholarship focuses on women and politics, gender and African politics, the prevention of gender-based violence, and human trafficking. Britton is also the Director of the Center for the Study of Injustice at the Institute of Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas. All of her recommendations spoke to her "above and beyond" attitude when it came to mentorship, specifically her knack for, as one former student wrote, "patientiently scrutinizing my work, and extensively detailing feedback". Congratulations to Dr. Britton!
ChangHwan Kim - Sociology
Dr. Kim serves as a Professor and as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Sociology. Kim is specialized in the areas of stratification, work and organizations, race and ethnicity, Asian American studies, Korea studies, and quantitative methodology. Dr. Kim's recommenders each spoke at length of his professionalism, practicality when it came to guidelines, instruction, and advice, and his focused attention on honing his students' skills, so that they're prepared for post-graduation. To sum them up, one student said of Dr. Kim, "He is the sanest person I've ever met". Congratulations to Dr. Kim!
John C. Wright Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award
Eric Vernberg - Clinical Child Psychology
Dr. Vernberg serves as a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science, as well as a Core Faculty member in the Clinical Child Psychology program. Vernberg is interested in applying and advancing psychological science to solve real world problems faced by children, adolescents, and their families, specifically the psychological impact of terrosism and disasters, peer relationships and bystander problems, just to name a few areas. Each of his recommendations spoke of his attentiveness to his students' lives, specifically their health and relationships outside of academia, and his kind, student-centered approach to mentorship. Said one student upon meeting Dr. Vernberg for this first time, "I was met with the warmest wave of excitement, interest, and curiosity for my passion...". Congratulations to Dr. Vernberg!
Sarah Kirk - Psychology
Dr. Kirk serves as a Professor in the Department of Psychology. Additionally, she also serves as the Director of the KU Psychologyical Clinic, as the Assistant Director of the Clinical Psychology Program, and as the Co-Director of the Graduate Clinical Health Psychology Certificate Program. Specifically, her research focuses on increasing students' assessment experiences, broadening their practicum experiences, and improving their use of technology as applied to clinical interventions. In her own student's words, Kirk is "the heart and soul of the Clinical Psychology program", and is constantly challenging her students to consider both sides to ethical dilemmas, as well as to engage with new techniques for empirically supported approaches to Clinical Psychology. Congratulations to Dr. Kirk!