Kinesiology Professor Receives University Mentorship Award
Dr. Sudip Bajpeyi, associate professor of Kinesiology and director of the Metabolic, Nutrition and Research (MiNER) Laboratory, was recognized last month at the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects’ Research Forum as one of four recipients of UTEP’s 2019 Mentoring Award. This is the second time Bajpeyi has received this award. The award is open to all full time faculty members on campus who have served in a mentorship role to undergraduate and graduate students, and is sponsored by participating colleges and UTEP’s BUILDing Scholars program. Bajpeyi was selected as the College of Health Sciences’ awardee this year.
Bajpeyi has consistently demonstrated his commitment to student learning, professional development, and success in student research productivity. Alongside teaching and mentoring students in Kinesiology, Dr. Bajpeyi continues to mentor students under the BUILDing SCHOLARs program and teaches two sequential courses “Exercise and Metabolism I and II” under the Freshman Year Research Intensive Sequence (FYRIS), which offers undergraduate students hands-on research experiences. For the last three years, under his mentorship, students in the MiNER Lab have received top awards at the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (TACSM) conference, competing against student teams from R1 research institutions across Texas. Past awards include the Student Research and Development Award; Outstanding Presentation Award; and first, second, third and finalist positions in the undergraduate and graduate student research presentations.
Bajpeyi acknowledges the hard work of his students and attributes the success of his lab to their commitment to excellence. “I am truly humbled and honored to receive this meaningful recognition,” he said. “This award is a reflection of the success of my hardworking, passionate past and present students in the MiNER Lab. I would like to thank them for their commitment and wish them continued success.”