Ilce Medina-Meza is Undergrad Research Mentor of Year

May 10, 2023

Students choose BAE researcher for mentoring award

MSU Spartan students have spoken. Ilce Medina-Meza was voted the Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year – an honor presented during the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) in April.

Interim Provost Thomas Jeitschko and Ilce Medina-Meza
Interim Provost Thomas Jeitschko and Ilce Medina-Meza

She is an assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering and currently leads the College of Engineering’s Food and Health Engineering Laboratory. 

Students praised her “extraordinary commitment to undergraduate research,” as well as her “unwavering guidance and help navigating unexpected circumstances.” 

Medina-Meza’s undergraduate nominator expressed appreciation for her “willingness to answer any call, text, or email” no matter the time or day of the week. She is known for fostering an environment where students feel comfortable taking risks and performing new experiments, developing leadership skills as their confidence grows. 

Since 2018, Medina-Meza has mentored more than 50 undergraduate students and eight graduate students. She encourages participation in internships and programs and aids anyone who seeks her advice.

Story courtesy of MSU Undergraduate Education.