The Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award was established by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) in 2015 to recognize an individual who demonstrates exceptional mentoring abilities and practices. Professor McLafferty will be honored during the UCGIS Summer 2020 Symposium.
The positive reactions to her mentoring style and practices span her career as well as those of her peers and students, at all levels. She has been commended for her patience, her compassion, and her dedication to students from diverse backgrounds and minorities.
“She made me feel completely comfortable when communicating her critique to me as she is so modest, personable and respectful. Based on my observations, she is always passionate about mentoring and firmly committed to empowering others to pursue their research and education goals,” noted a former student.