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College honors faculty for research, teaching and mentoring

Thursday, May 22, 2014

LAWRENCE — The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored outstanding faculty in research, teaching and mentoring with its 2013-2014 awards. The College honors faculty members with awards each spring for diverse academic research, innovative projects and meaningful mentoring. The following awards were presented this spring.

Gene A. Budig Teaching Professeorship in Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Budig Teaching Professorship Award recognizes faculty in the social and behavioral sciences who demonstrate a profound and excellent commitment to teaching. Winners receive a $5,000 prize and carry the title of Gene A. Budig Teaching Professor for the academic year.

  • Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender and sexuality studies

Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award

The Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award has been given to faculty in the College since 1993. Winners have helped graduate students make the most of their experience and opportunities at KU and receive a $1,000 prize.

  • Maria Carlson, professor of Slavic languages and literatures

Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award

The Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award honors a department or program that is doing exemplary work to improve advising at KU with an award of $1,000.

  • Environmental Studies Program

J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award

The J. Michael Young Academic Advisor Award honors exceptional commitment to undergraduate advising. Students nominate the professors for enhancing their experience at KU through the advising relationship. The honor comes with a $1,000 award.

  • Mikhail Barybin, associate professor of chemistry
  • Stephen Benedict, professor of molecular biosciences
  • Florence DiGennaro Reed, assistant professor of applied behavioral science

John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award

The John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award has been given to faculty in the College since 2002. Winners have helped graduate students make the most of their experience and opportunities at KU and receive a $750 prize.

  • Amy Rossomondo, associate professor of Spanish

Tony Arnold Faculty Research Stipend

The Tony Arnold Faculty Research Stipend is awarded to a faculty member who submits an outstanding General Research Fund proposal. Winners receive $1,200 to fund their research projects.

  • Dorothy Daley, associate professor of political science and environmental studies
  • Robert Schwaller, assistant professor of history

Funds for the awards are managed by KU Endowment, the independent nonprofit foundation serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences encourages learning without boundaries in its more than 50 departments, programs and centers. Through innovative research and teaching, the College emphasizes interdisciplinary education, global awareness and experiential learning. The College is KU's broadest, most diverse academic unit.