Assistant Professor Inese Ivans has received the the 2016 College of Science Award for Fostering Undergraduate Research Excellence, for her ongoing contributions as a research mentor to undergraduate students. This special award recognizes a tenure-line faculty member for excellence in fostering undergraduate research and promoting experiential learning. The winner of this award receives $20,000 to fund the awardee’s research project. These funds include support for enrolled undergraduate research assistants pursuing a degree in Science or Math. Professor Ivans has been instrumental in setting up the Astronomy and Astrophysics program here at the University of Utah. Her dynamic research group consistently engages a large number of undergraduates, several of whom have won research presentation awards, and have gone on to graduate school. Her effort on behalf of the University of Utah's undergraduate students is outstanding.