The Outstanding Faculty Mentor/Advocate Award is given annually to faculty at IUB who serve as mentors, sponsors, or advocates who motivate and encourage women students. The winner is chosen based on nominations submitted by students and colleagues. This year, 50 IU faculty were nominated.Plavnik has worked to mentor mathematicians from high school students as part of MIT's "Primes" program, to undergraduates in our local CEWIT and NSF-supported math REU programs, to graduate students here and abroad, to Zorn postdoctoral fellow Dr. Colleen Delaney, also a previous recipient of the CEWIT award."Professor Plavnik is a leader among our faculty here at IUB in her ability to encourage diverse young scientists to develop to their full potential. She is an outstanding contributor to all aspects of our mission, and I recommended her for the OFM award in the highest possible terms,", says Mathematics chair Kevin Pilgrim.