Cathy A. Frierson
Cathy A. Frierson, professor of history, has taught, conducted research, and mentored students at the University of New Hampshire since 1991. In that time, she has devoted countless hours to working with undergraduates through programs like the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP), SURF, and the McNair Scholars Program. Christian Gum was an exceptional student in one of Professor Frierson’s Russian history classes. She told him about the opportunities available through the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, and then mentored him through the SURF application and summer research. Professor Frierson finds it rewarding to work with bright, hardworking, and curious undergraduates through a mentoring relationship. “Their research interests broaden my store of knowledge,” she points out. “Mentoring the research process requires me to stay up-to-date on Russian scholarship and ways to access it.” She has enjoyed mentoring several Inquiry authors through the writing process as well. Professor Frierson considers dissemination of knowledge the culmination of research.