Bossen Recognized with Mentorship Award

School of Journalism Professor Howard Bossen was recognized with the Undergraduate Research Faculty Member of the Year Award at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF).

The award, given annually, acknowledges two MSU faculty members who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers.

Bossen was nominated by journalism seniors Jordan Jennings and Marisa Hamel, who have worked with him on several projects and exhibitions. Their nominations highlighted Bossen’s commitment to mentoring his students and the lasting impact he has had in shaping their college experience.

“He continuously compels me to push beyond what I believe I’m capable of,” Jennings said. “His lofty expectations have always proven reachable, making me a profoundly more passionate, well-rounded and tenacious individual.”

Bossen has been working with undergraduate research assistants for more than a decade and is committed to helping his students grow and achieve their goals.

“When you are at a university it is important to get students involved in the research process early on,” Bossen said. “The skills that students learn are valuable and can be translated to different future opportunities.”

Hamel began working with Bossen as a freshman, and over the years has gained many unique opportunities and as a research assistant.

“Bossen taught me how to work with photographers, publishers, co-authors, and to create, edit, and produce works of art. With no experience in the field, Bossen was patient with me when work was frustrating and spent nights, weekends, and mornings to accommodate my schedule,” Hamel said.

Bossen accepted Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award Friday April 8, 2016 at the MSU Union.

By Victoria Bowles