Guido Cervone Selected for 2019 Mentoring Award

UCGIS is pleased to announce that Dr. Guido Cervone, of the Department of Geography, Meteorology, and Atmospheric Science at the Pennsylvania State University, has been selected for the 2019 Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award.  Dr. Cervone, a computer scientist by training, applies his expertise to the fields of remote sensing and hazards while also serving as Associate Director for the Institute for CyberScience and Director of the Geoinformatics and Earth Observation Lab. His guidance is highly valued and appreciated by his former and current graduate students, undergraduate students, and post-docs alike, many of who are women or other under-represented minorities within the geospatial sciences. They cite his steady support throughout their academic and professional careers as they build confidence and gain credibility, guiding them through the complexity of seeking and managing external research funding, and inspiring them to pursue excellence in research while not compromising on goals in all aspects of their lives.

“Dr. Cervone believes his students can do it and then they do. His students grow at a rapid pace because of his encouragement, belief in them, and his role as their leader and teammate.”

“Guido has an innate ability to attract minority students and guide them to success in school; however, more importantly he continues to guide them in their professional roles after graduating. His students now serve in leadership roles across the academic, corporate, and government sectors.”

“I know that while mentoring comes naturally to him, it also takes up a significant amount of time and energy. Much of what he gives to this profession and developing up and coming researchers is not always listed on paper, and in my opinion, is very worthy of significant recognition from the greater community.”

“He shared with us his experience and wisdom on how to balance teaching, research and professional service as a junior faculty, and to develop our own individual abilities and styles in teaching and advising our students. It is my sincere hope that I can impact students in my professional life as profoundly as he has impacted me.”

UCGIS will honor Guido Cervone and other award recipients during its annual Symposium in June 2019 in Washington, D.C.

The Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award was established by UCGIS in 2015 to recognize an individual who demonstrates exceptional mentoring abilities and practices. Professor Carolyn Merry embodied the spirit of a mentor by sharing her wisdom and experience with colleagues, particularly junior scholars, as a scientist, educator, and academic leader. Professor emerita of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering at The Ohio State University, Dr. Merry was known for her scholarship and leadership in remote sensing and geographic information science. The goal of the Carolyn Merry Mentoring Award is to recognize the commitment she demonstrated to mentoring and the investment of others who share this philosophy.

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