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OADI Honors Award Recipient

Jenifer Houtz

Jennifer Houtz is smiling and standing with a bouquet of flowers in one hand and her award in the other hand

1. What impact has OADI had on your student experience?

I have been a GSMU mentor for four years, and it has been one of my favorite aspects of my graduate school experience. Through OADI, I was able to connect with and learn from brilliant undergraduate students. These authentic mentoring experiences through OADI remind me why I got into research in the first place: to support the next generation of scientists. 

2. What has it meant to be recognized for an award and as a recipient?

I was blown away when I received the award notification. It is the honor of a lifetime to be recognized by OADI for effective mentoring because supporting undergraduate mentees is the most important thing that we can do as graduate students. 

3. What advice do you have for incoming freshman or to future program students?

Find the part of the undergraduate experience that brings you the most joy and pursue it to its fullest (e.g., research, outreach, clubs, sports, etc.)

4. Tell us a fun fact about yourself?

My mentees have inspired me so much here at Cornell that I have decided to pursue a career where I can continue mentoring students. I will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Biology at Allegheny College this fall.