Diversity in science matters to breakthroughs. When more scientists with varied backgrounds and experiences fill laboratories and collaborate on teams, outcomes in innovation and discovery surpass those of less diverse scientific groups, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)….
A Trusted Advisor
Kari Segraves, an associate professor of biology, was named Mentor of the Year at a special ceremony this spring, hosted by Dr. Ruth Chen at the Chancellor’s House.
Segraves is the inaugural winner of the award, created to distinguish the yearlong work of faculty members who inspire and mentor Syracuse students applying for national scholarships, many of which can enormously influence the academic path of a student.
The recognition is also a reflection of her exemplary dedication to her students, through the establishment of multifaceted research opportunities for undergraduates, and her invaluable participation in numerous mock interviews in support of potential scholarships.
In addition to the ceremonial recognition, Segraves’ name will be engraved on the newly created Mentor of the Year plaque that will hang in the Honors Program office at 306 Bowne Hall.
An evolutionary ecologist, Segraves conducts biology research that focuses on understanding how species interactions increase biodiversity. Most recently, she and her colleague David Althoff, assistant professor of biology, were awarded a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation designated to support their research on how interactions between species can cause new species to form.
A&S News caught up with Segraves this summer to garner some of her thoughts on being recognized as mentor of the year