The Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award recognizes UNLV faculty members with a record of excellence in inspiring, influencing, supporting, and mentoring undergraduate researchers in their professional development, career training, and educational journey. OUR proudly presents the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award to align with UNLV’s commitment to excellence in teaching and research, and to celebrate faculty-driven, student-centered, and institutionally supported research education efforts at UNLV.


OUR proudly presents the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award to Dr. Kathryn Rafferty for her record of excellence in inspiring, influencing, supporting, and mentoring undergraduate researchers in their professional development, career training, and educational journey.


Student Testimonials

We completed our poster, “A Cure Strategy for Huntington’s Disease,” for our final class project. Dr. Rafferty is the kind of mentor that you hope to have; she pushes you to realize your potential and holds nothing back—her time, knowledge, or personal investment in your success—in guiding you there. Thank you, Dr. Rafferty, for how much I’ve learned and grown through your class this semester!
– Alexa Paikai

I would like to give a huge thank you to Dr. Rafferty for not only providing all her students with this amazing opportunity but for all her support throughout the way. It’s clear that Dr. Rafferty loves to see her students succeed and her continuous support was much appreciated. Dr. Rafferty made time to check in and answer any questions to ensure the development of a successful literacy research poster. Development of a Public Health Message on Down Syndrome would not have been possible without her support, encouragement and assistance. 
-Gabrielle Murad

Dr. Rafferty gave us a unique experience this semester by incorporating a research poster presentation into our course requirement. This project, The Natural History of Type 1 Diabetes, was a great opportunity to learn more about the scientific research strategies for and political, social, and personal impact of that research, while also allowing us to practice our skills working as a team and conveying complex topics in a simple and accessible way. This project has also enabled students who have no other research experience to practice new skills and use the experience in their applications for future professional opportunities. Thank you Dr. Rafferty for sharing this opportunity with us and mentoring us through the research process!
– Alexandra Manning

As a previous student of Dr. Rafferty’s Genetics of Human Disease class, we didn’t get the opportunity to participate in the symposium last spring. However, Dr. Rafferty was willing to take me on as another mentee. Though it wasn’t required, I appreciate that Dr. Rafferty took the time out of her busy schedule to continue and help her previous students grow as future scientists, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that!
– Matthew Rubinstein

Dr. Rafferty has pushed her students to think critically and expand on the material instead of just memorizing terms. She has showed us what it really takes to be future doctors, researchers, geneticists, and professors. Thank you for all of your hard-work and dedication Dr. Rafferty! Teachers like you, are what make students like us, believe we can always do more.
– Guadalupe Ceballos


OUR proudly presents the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award to Dr. Caitlin Saladino for her record of excellence in inspiring, influencing, supporting, and mentoring undergraduate researchers in their professional development, career training, and educational journey.


Student Testimonials

Thank you so much to Dr. Caitlin Saladino for mentoring me as I completed “Partisan Change and Population Density of Congressional Districts in the Mountain West.” Her feedback made me examine and reexamine my work until I knew I had done the best I could. This timely research wouldn’t have happened without her support. Thank you!
– Eshaan Vakil

Dr. Saladino cares deeply about her students and works hard to support each and every one of them. She has been more than generous with her time to mentor me, and I will forever be grateful for all of the policy and research opportunities that she has helped me obtain; these have made my college experience worthwhile. Dr. Saladino, thanks for all you do to make the Brookings Public Policy Minor and the Lincy Institute – Brookings Mountain West accessible to undergraduates! I’d like to thank you especially this semester for your guidance on the Vulnerable Jobs and Venture Capital in Nevada research projects!
– Peter Grema

I would not be a researcher if it were not for Dr. Saladino. She is an extraordinary teacher who motivates her students to produce the best quality of research possible. Dr. Saladino has guided me throughout my research process by encouraging me to explore a topic that I was initially reluctant to study, but looking back I am so thankful that I had her support. She seeks potential in all her students and empowers them to shape a better Southern Nevada community through public policy. 
– Katelin Gilbertson

Dr. Saladino is an incredible mentor who has helped me find my voice in policy, and I am endlessly grateful for her. As a teacher and supervisor, she has been instrumental in helping my “LVMPD Statistical Activity Report, September 2020” lightning talk come to life. Thank you for all you do, Dr. Saladino! I am a stronger researcher, better student, and more confident person because of you. 
– Olivia Cheche

From my first days in URST 101, Dr. Saladino has been a major influence in my college career. Her guidance and support have contributed a great deal to my academic and work successes. Thank you for the phenomenal education that you provide students and for being an amazing mentor, Dr. Saladino.
– Kristian Thymianos