Halpern-Meekin honored for mentorship


La Follette School Associate Professor Sarah Halpern-Meekin received an Exceptional Mentorship Award from UW–Madison’s Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program this spring.

The URS program supports students in research or creative practice mentorships early in their undergraduate studies. This high-impact mentorship practice provides early undergraduates with valuable skills that help them pursue scholarship at the next level.

Two URS students worked with Halpern-Meekin and her colleagues on a large research study during the 2020-21 academic year.

“I thought our project would benefit from student involvement and would offer students a rich opportunity to learn more about qualitative research,” said Halpern-Meekin. “I don’t often teach students at the beginning of their college careers, so it was rewarding to work with first-year students who are discovering their interests and learning about many topics for the first time.”

URS mentors contribute to the University’s ability to produce graduates who demonstrate a breadth of knowledge in their field as well as global and cultural competence, become engaged leaders, and develop a depth of independent thought that is analytical, passionate, and creative.