Provost names Lorraine Wolf director of undergraduate research

AUBURN – Provost Mary Ellen Mazey recently named Lorraine Wolf the director of undergraduate research, effective spring semester 2011.

Wolf will facilitate research and other scholarly experiences for undergraduates and will serve as an advocate for the use of undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities across all academic disciplines. In addition, she will support faculty development efforts in mentoring student scholarship. In the position, she will be responsible for organizing and administering the undergraduate research and creative scholarship forum and for overseeing the undergraduate competitive research fellowship program.

“Dr. Wolf brings to the position strong leadership in mentoring undergraduate students in research,” Auburn University Provost Mary Ellen Mazey said. “As a professor at Auburn, she has worked to expose her students to a variety of research opportunities and shows a great desire to help the university become a leader in promoting student engagement through research experiences.”

Wolf joined the Auburn faculty in 1993 and is currently a professor in the Department of Geology and Geography in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

“In my 17 years of service on Auburn’s faculty, some of my most rewarding and enjoyable experiences have stemmed from research collaborations with undergraduate students,” Wolf said. “As director of undergraduate research, I hope to expand opportunities for all qualified students who seek an independent research experience with Auburn faculty.”

Wolf said she would like to see growth in Auburn’s involvement in national initiatives that are focused on enhancing learning through undergraduate research in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.

“I would like to increase Auburn’s involvement in these initiatives and expand upon them by stimulating research opportunities across all disciplines,” she said. “As a full-fledged and successful research institution, Auburn is well positioned to offer a coordinated program that will allow undergraduates in all disciplines to participate in a meaningful research experience.”

A coordinated undergraduate research program will offer a clearinghouse for students to find information about research opportunities on Auburn’s campus. “The program will make it easier for both students and faculty to partner with one another, thus increasing both the visibility and involvement of students in the program,” Wolf said.