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Prior Year Recipients

2019-20 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Awards

Thuc-Quyen Nguyen - Chemistry and Biochemistry

In her 16 years at UCSB, Professor Thuc-Quyen Nguyen has chaired 31 PhD committees, 8 MA committees, mentored 27 postdoctoral scholars, and served as a research advisor for 40 undergraduate students. In addition, 16 PhD students received fellowships during their time at UCSB working under her supervision. Since 2015, Professor Nguyen has been among the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds and the Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers in Materials Science by Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics. The recommendation letters from Professor Nguyen’s current students, former students, and colleagues speak unanimously and strongly about her mentoring achievements. One letter states, “Under her guidance, I have been more productive [than] I could have imagined and pushed myself to achieve better results … I have been a part of multiple national and international conferences and coauthored largely collaborative papers.” Praising her approach to mentoring, another letter states, “Prof. Nguyen is a truly excellent graduate mentor and has been for her entire 16-year career. She provides her students with the opportunity to do cutting-edge research in chemistry, promotes their science and shares the credit, and continues to aid the scientific careers long after they graduate from her group.” The Academic Senate congratulates Prof. Quyen on being one of this year’s Outstanding Graduate Mentors!