Annie Pearce: Outstanding VA Tech Graduate Faculty Mentor & Interdisciplinary Honor Society Inductee 2021

Virginia Tech Daily

For the fifth year, the Graduate School has recognized Virginia Tech faculty from across the university’s colleges for their outstanding work mentoring graduate students. These award winners are nominated by graduate students and chosen by their colleges.

College of Architecture and Urban Studies:
Associate Professor Annie PearceBuilding Construction

Annie Pearce’s students wrote that she recognizes the importance of balancing work and home life with the demands of graduate education. Maria Sexton, writing on behalf of the Sustainable Facilities & Infrastructure Lab, said Pearce easily works with students across disciplines and graduate programs. “What makes Dr. Pearce stand out from other mentors is her genuine appreciation for advancing knowledge and her willingness to help any student, whether she holds the role of their advisor, professor, or just a friendly face within the department. She has a unique talent for instilling a sense of self-efficacy within her students and makes a sincere effort to prepare her students as successful professionals.” She added that Pearce also models patience with her students. “She understands how difficult life can be for graduate students and makes sure that they have whatever types of support their current situation requires, including structure, leniency, and verbal kicks in the pants.”

Alumnus Anurag Mantha echoed Sexton: “Dr. Pearce’s style of mentorship and advising focuses on listening to her students and helping them thrive in whichever path they choose.”

Dr. Pearce was also inducted as a new member into the Iota Delta Rho Interdisciplinary Honor Society, founded in 2011 as the world’s first such research organization. The mission of IDR is to promote and recognize interdisciplinary research at VT and throughout the world.

Last revised 5/3/21

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