Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center

Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

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The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) offers the UROC Undergraduate Research Mentor Award to recognize and honor the practice of mentoring undergraduate research and scholarship at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). This award is intended to recognize demonstrated excellence in supporting undergraduate researchers, to encourage mentoring relationships with undergraduate students, and to convey the campus' high regard for such contributions made by the academic and research community at CSUMB and other regional research institutions.

Both CSUMB and UROC embrace the vision of providing innovative and relevant educational opportunities to our unique population of undergraduate students. The UROC Undergraduate Research Mentor Award recognizes mentors who strive to uphold this vision by enhancing research opportunities for CSUMB’s undergraduate population and cultivating a collaborative, intellectual community.

Mentor of Year Award 2021

Dr. Cheryl Logan

Dr. Cheryl Logan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Marine Science at California State University, Monterey Bay. Her research group studies the physiological mechanisms that marine animals use to cope in changing environments, from the biochemical to the whole organism level. Their focus is on measuring species’ physiological capacity for acclimation and adaptation to future climate change. This information can then be incorporated into predictive models of how species will respond to rising ocean temperatures, hypoxia and ocean acidification. Understanding the mechanistic basis for why species ranges are shifting is fundamental to predicting which species will be the “winners” and “losers” in the face of climate change.

Dr. Logan was born and raised in Kansas City, MO before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area at age 11. She attended University of California, Berkeley where she majored in Integrative Biology and Molecular & Cell Biology. She completed a PhD in Biological Sciences at the Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University and a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. Logan was a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Scholar to Ecuador in 2019 and recently served on a U.S. National Academy of Sciences committee studying human interventions to increase the resilience of coral reefs. Her research program has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), California SeaGrant, NOAA-Coral Reef Conservation Program, the Coral Reef Alliance, and the National Geographic Society.

Dr. Cheryl Logan

Mentoring undergraduate research is one of Logan’s most rewarding activities as a professor. She has served as a faculty mentor to 26 students in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) programs (16 Scholars and 10 Researchers). Sixteen have gained acceptance into MSc or PhD programs while others have positions in industry or at governmental agencies. Her mentees have received significant recognition for their research, including NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, Sally Cassanova Pre-doctoral Fellowships, and the Goldwater Scholarship. Logan has also mentored more than 60 undergraduates as part of her research-based course in Marine Experimental Physiology where students do hands-on research using RNA sequencing and big data informatics. Dr. Logan is grateful to UROC, and especially to Dr. Bill Head, for pivotal guidance in becoming an effective and compassionate research mentor early in her career. In her free time, Logan enjoys running, yoga, and exploring nature with her husband and two young children.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and to Dr. Logan for earning this well-deserved award in recognition of the excellent work that she has done mentoring CSUMB students. Enjoy this special video message from the Dean of the College of Science, Dr. Andrew Lawson.