2021 Award Recipients

Indrakshi Ray, Computer Science
Robert J. Wilson, Physics

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Jeffrey Bandar, Department of Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Henry Adams, Department of Mathematics
Tanya Dewey, Department of Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Meena Balgopal, Department of Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Katherine McNeely-White, Department of Psychology
Nehali Mhatre, Department of Statistics

Dean’s Recognition Award

Courtney Butler, CNS Education and Outreach Center
Julia Murphy, Office of the Registrar

Professor Laureate Award

The Professor Laureate Award is the college’s highest academic honor, bestowed upon dedicated faculty with outstanding contributions to the missions of research, teaching, mentoring and outreach. The designation is intended to honor recipients and to provide the college with exceptional role models. The title is held for three years and includes an honorarium and two years of research funding.

2021 Award Recipients

Watch Professor Indrakshi Ray’s Spring 2021 Laureate lecture: “Cyber Security of Embedded Networks in Heavy Vehicles” 

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients

Indrakshi Ray, Computer Science

College of Natural Sciences Award Recipients

Robert J. Wilson, Physics

Dr. Indrakshi Ray is a Professor in the Computer Science Department at Colorado State University. She is the Director of Colorado Center for Cyber Security at Colorado State University. She is also the Site Director of NSF IUCRC Center for Cyber Security Analytics and Automation. Dr. Ray has been a visiting faculty member at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Naval Research Laboratory, and at INRIA, Rocquencourt, France. She obtained her Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University. Dr. Ray’s research interests include software assurance, data analytics, and security.

Robert Wilson is a professor in the Department of Physics and director of CSU’s Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence in High Energy Physics and Particle Astrophysics. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of London in England and his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He received post-doctoral training at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and held a faculty appointment at Boston University before moving back west to help establish a new research group at Colorado State University in 1997.

2020 Award Recipients

Jennifer L. Mueller, Mathematics
Charles S. Henry, Chemistry

2019 Award Recipients

Jennifer DeLuca, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mingzhong Wu, Physics

2018 Award Recipients

Debbie Garrity, Biology
Ernie Chavez, Psychology

2017 Award Recipients

Dan Cooley, Statistics
Melissa Reynolds, Chemistry

2016 Award Recipient

Anthony Rappé, Chemistry

2015 Award Recipients

Jennifer A. Hoeting, Statistics
Debbie Crans, Chemistry

2014 Award Recipients

Robert B. France, Computer Science
Carl E. Patton, Physics

2013 Award Recipients

Patricia A. Bedinger, Biology
F. Jay Breidt, Statistics

2012 Award Recipient

Steven H. Strauss, Chemistry

2011 Award Recipients

Lorann Stallones, Psychology
Laurie Stargell, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

2010 Award Recipients

Adele Howe, Computer Science
N. LeRoy Poff, Biology

2009 Award Recipients

2008 Award Recipients

Ellen Fisher, Chemistry
Alan Knapp, Biology

2007 Award Recipients

Michael Elliott, Chemistry
Jennifer Nyborg, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
A.S.N. Reddy, Biology

2006 Award Recipients

Norman Curthoys, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Richard Davis, Statistics
Jerry Deffenbacher, Psychology

Teaching and Mentoring Awards

The Teaching and Mentoring Awards were established in 1995 to recognize faculty and graduate students that have set a standard of excellence in the teaching and mentoring of students. These awards are the highest honor the College bestows for student education. Recipients not only help students realize their full learning potential, but encourage them to set high standards for scholarship, integrity, and independence, and are receptive to their concerns. Award winners are recommended to the dean and reviewed by a committee that includes previous award winners drawn from both faculty members and graduate students and an undergraduate student council member.

2020-2021 Award Recipients

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Jeffrey Bandar, Department of Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Henry Adams, Department of Mathematics
Tanya Dewey, Department of Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Meena Balgopal, Department of Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Katherine McNeely-White, Department of Psychology
Nehali Mhatre, Department of Statistics

Dean’s Recognition Award

Courtney Butler, CNS Education and Outreach Center
Julia Murphy, Office of the Registrar

2019-2020 Award Recipients

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Joseph Zadrozny, Department of Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Joseph Gersch, Department of Computer Science
Jeffrey Hansen, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Jana Anderson, Department of Statistics
Garret Miyake, Department of Chemistry

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Alex Fout, Department of Statistics
Ashlie Johnson, Department of Psychology
Julie Prosser, Department of Psychology

Dean’s Recognition Award

Alicia Armentrout, Department of Physics
Korina Burn, Dean’s Office
Anne Manning, Strategic Communication and Public Relations

2018-19 Award Recipients

Outstanding Career Contributions in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Brian Jones, Department of Physics

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Erin Nishimura, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Kate Ross, Department of Physics

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Tom Santangelo, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Rachel Mueller, Department of Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring

Ryan Rahm-Knigge, Department of Psychology

Dean’s Recognition Award

Karen Kahler, Department of Chemistry
Ross Madden, College of Natural Sciences

2017-18 Award Recipients

Dean’s Recognition Award

Meagan Taverner, Biology
Jannine Mohr, Office of General Council

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Ben Prytherch, Ph.D., Statistics

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Delphine Farmer, Ph.D., Chemistry

Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty Excellence in Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Jessica Hagman, Ph.D. , Mathematics

Graduate Student Teaching & Mentoring Award

Pam Lundeberg, Psychology
Annalise Maughan, Chemistry
Charles Vollmer,
Statistics

2016-17 Award Recipients

Dean’s Recognition Award

Margi Cech, College of Natural Sciences
Betty Wilmoth, Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Joseph Diverdi, Ph.D., Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Colleen Webb, Ph.D., Biology

Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty Excellence in Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Jamie Neilson, Ph.D. , Chemistry
Dan Sloan, Ph.D., Biology

Graduate Student Teaching & Mentoring Award

Lauren Bates, Psychology

2015-2016 Award Recipients

Dean’s Recognition Award

Lisa Anaya Esquibel, Sponsored Programs
Heather L. Michalak, Little Shop of Physics
Robert Adame, Physics Machine Shop

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Eric D. Ross, Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Mary C. Meyer Ph.D., Statistics

Early Career (Pre-Tenure) Faculty Excellence in Teaching and/or Mentoring Award

Amber T. Krummel Ph.D., Chemistry
Jaime G. Ruiz, Ph.D., Computer Science

Graduate Student Teaching & Mentoring Award

Samuel T. Dunn, Graduate Degree Program in Ecology
Hillary Wehe, Psychology
Zachary D. Weller, Statistics

2014-2015 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Christopher G. Wilcox, Ph.D., Computer Science

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Shane Kanatous, Ph.D., Biology

Melissa Reynolds, Ph.D., Chemistry

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching or Mentoring

Brian McNaughton, Ph.D., Chemistry

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Elizabeth Harp, Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Sarah Morrison-Smith, Computer Science

2013-2014 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Shrideep Pallickara, Ph.D., Computer Science

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Matthew P. Shores, Ph.D., Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education & Mentoring

Asa Ben-Hur, Ph.D., Computer Science

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching & Mentoring

Santiago Di Pietro, Ph.D., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Sarah Warner Fitzpatrick, Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Francis C. Motta, Mathematics
Crystal M. Vander Zanden, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

2012-2013 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Edward L. DeLosh, Ph.D., Psychology
Patrick D. Shipman, Ph.D., Mathematics

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Lisa Angeloni, Ph. D., Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education & Mentoring

Donald L. Mykles, Ph.D., Biology

Post-Doctoral Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

E. Dale Broder, Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Janet M. Peters, Psychology

2011-2012 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Jennifer Jill Harman, Ph.D., Psychology

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Charles S. Henry, Ph.D., Chemistry

Early Career Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching or Mentoring

Lisa Angeloni, Ph.D., Biology

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring

Eugene Y. Chen, Ph.D., Chemistry

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Leif Anderson, Physics
Erin M. Schliep, Statistics

2010-2011 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring Award

Kurt Kraiger, Ph.D., Psychology

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award

Charles F. Stone, Biology

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Aaron J. Sholders, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

Simon J. Tavener, Ph.D., Mathematics

Early Career (pre-tenure) Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching or Mentoring Award

Mingzhong Wu, Physics

2009-2010 Award Recipients

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Amanda E. Sensenig, Psychology
Cassandra L. Williams, Mathematics

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Patricia A. Bedinger, Ph.D., Biology
Ross M. McConnell, Ph.D., Computer Science

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Lisa Dysleski, Ph.D., Chemistry

2008-2009 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring

Michael F. Antolin, Ph.D, Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Tenaya L. Newkirk, Ph.D., Chemistry

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Gregory L. Florant, Ph.D., Biology

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Norman P. Curthoys, Ph.D., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Adele E. Howe, Ph.D., Computer Science

2007-2008 Award Recipients

Faculty Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring

Laurie A. Stargell, Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching

Jacob A. Benfield, Ph.D., Psychology
Adam N. Pearlstein, Ph.D., Physics

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Benjamin A. Clegg, Ph.D., Psychology

Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

R. Steve Robinson, Ph.D., Physics

Faculty Excellence in Teaching & Mentoring – Early Career Award

Cameron K. Ghalambor, Ph.D., Biology

Faculty Excellence in Teaching Innovation

Karla J. Gingerich, Ph.D., Psychology

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