Awards for Faculty & Staff

The NatSci awards are presented to faculty and staff in the college following the annual State of the College address. For more information on the awards, contact Faith Peterson in the NatSci Dean’s Office. The College Faculty Advisory Council selects the faculty awards in the spring (due April 15) for the following academic year based on nominations submitted by departments and programs. In addition, endowed teaching awards are selected annually by the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science.

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State of the College Address (PDF)

Awards


Outstanding Faculty Award

Number Awarded: Up to 4

Monetary Award: $1,000

Based on University Criteria: Complete description/instructions

University Instructions (2016-17)

Outstanding Faculty Awards are made each year to members of the regular faculty, i.e. tenure system faculty and librarians in the continuing appointment system, for outstanding total service to the University. The nominations are based on teaching; advising; research; publications; art exhibitions; concert performances; committee work; public service including extension, continuing education and work with government agencies; or a combination of these activities. Administrative excellence and length of service may not be used as the sole criteria for nomination. However, nominees usually have at least five years of service at Michigan State University.

Outstanding Faculty Award Nomination Form (Word)

2017 Recipients:

  • 2017 - James K. McCusker, Chemistry
  • 2017 - Gary. G. Mittelbach, Integrative Biology
  • 2017 - Richard C. Schwartz, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • 2017 - David Tomanek, Physics and Astronomy

Past Recipients:

  • 2016 - Lee R. Kroos, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2016 - Georgios Pappas, Mathematics
  • 2016 - Milton R. Smith, Chemistry
  • 2016 - G. Mark Voit, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2015 - David Arnosti, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2015 - Merlin Buening, Chemistry
  • 2015 - Thomas Sharkey, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2015 - Edward "Ned" Walker, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • 2014 - C. Robin Buell, Plant Biology
  • 2014 - Megan E. Donahue, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2014 - Yair Shachar-Hill, Plant Biology
  • 2014 - William D. Wulff, Chemistry

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Teacher-Scholar Award

Number Awarded: Up to 2

Monetary Award: $1,000

Based on University Criteria: Complete description/instructions 

University Instructions (2016-17)

Teacher–Scholar Awards are made to members of the tenure system faculty from the ranks of assistant professor and associate professor who early in their careers have earned the respect of students and colleagues for their devotion to and skill in teaching. The essential purpose of the award is to provide recognition to the best teachers who have served at MSU for seven years or less.

Teacher-Scholar Award Nomination Form (Word)

2017 Recipients:

  • 2017 - Gina Leinninger, Physiology
  • 2017 - Ping-Shou Zhong, Statistics and Probability

Past Recipients:

  • 2016 - Susanne Mohr, Physiology, AgBio Research
  • 2016 - Christopher M. Waters, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • 2015 - Wade Fisher, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2014 - C. Titus Brown, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • 2014 - Benjamin I. Schmidt, Mathematics

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Undergraduate Teaching Award

Number Awarded: Up to 2

Monetary Award: $1,000

Based on University Criteria: Complete description/instructions 

University Instructions (2016-17)

Undergraduate Teaching Awards recognize teachers who take pride in and are committed to quality undergraduate teaching and who demonstrate substantial continuing involvement in undergraduate education. All current fixed term and tenure system faculty with at least three years of teaching experience at Michigan State University are eligible for nomination.

Undergraduate Teaching Award Nomination Form (Word)

2017 Recipients:

  • 2017 - John Merrill, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • 2017 - Claire Vieille, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Past Recipients:

  • 2016 - Susan F. Allen, Mathematics
  • 2016 - L. Karl Olson, Physiology
  • 2015 - Robert LaDuca, Chemistry; Lyman Briggs College
  • 2015 - Stuart Tessmer, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2014 - Neil Bowlby, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2014 - Patrick F. Dillon, Physiology

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Junior Faculty Mentoring Award

Number Awarded: 1

Monetary Award: $1,000

This award recognizes the outstanding mentor who successfully guides a junior faculty member(s) successfully through their academic career path.

Criteria: A good Mentor recognizes the importance of strong mentoring and keeps the Mentee’s best interest foremost. The mentoring relationship must be confidential and built on a foundation of mutual trust and honesty.

The following criteria are to be addressed in nominations:

  1. Professional Development. Serves as an effective role model and resource for channeling energies into successful research, teaching and institutional navigation. Assists in expansion of a professional network and creates avenues of recognition for the Mentee and their body of work. Works to clarify a balance of the Mentee’s new roles as a part of faculty, department, college, university and professional field.
  2. Holistic Balance. Respects and accepts the Mentee as an individual in all aspects of life by expressing a genuine interest beyond the academic arena. This is exemplified by being a strong role model, serving as a resource for university support and encouraging the establishment and maintenance of a healthy balance of work and home life.

Nominations are accepted from the Mentor’s supervisor, colleagues, or mentee(s).

Retired faculty are eligible for nomination.

Junior Faculty Mentoring Award Nomination Form (Word)

2017 Recipients:

  • 2017 - Julia V. Busik, Physiology

Past Recipients:

  • 2016 - Kathryn M. Doig - Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics
  • 2015 - Stephen Zepf, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2014 - James K. McCusker, Chemistry

Postdoctoral Mentoring Award

Number Awarded: 1

Monetary Award: $1,000

This award recognizes the outstanding mentor who successfully guides a postdoctoral researcher(s) successfully on their academic or non-academic career path.

Criteria: A good Mentor recognizes the importance of strong mentoring and keeps the Mentee’s best interest foremost. The mentoring relationship must be confidential and built on a foundation of mutual trust and honesty.

The following criteria are to be addressed in nominations:

  1. Professional Development. Serves as an effective resource for successful research and navigating institutions. Assists in expansion of a professional network and creates avenues of recognition for the Mentee and their body of work. Helps the Mentee refine their research interests in preparation for the next stage of his/her career. Helps the Mentee effectively manage projects and personnel.
  2. Holistic Balance. Respects and accepts the Mentee as an individual in all aspects of life by expressing a genuine interest beyond the academic arena. This is exemplified by being a strong role model, serving as a resource for university support and encouraging the establishment and maintenance of a healthy balance of work and home life both now and as the Mentee makes the transition to the next stage of his/her career.

Nominations are accepted from the Mentor’s supervisor, colleagues, or mentee(s).

Retired faculty are eligible for nomination.

Postdoctoral Mentoring Award Nomination Form (Word)

2017 Recipients:

  • 2017 - John B. Ohlrogge, Plant Biology

Past Recipients:

  • 2016 - Dean DellaPenna, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2015 - Oleksandr "Alex" Levchenko, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2014 - Christoph Benning, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Distinguished Academic Staff Award

Number Awarded: 1

Monetary Award: $1,000

Based on University Criteria: Complete description/instructions 

University Instructions (2016-17)

The significant accomplishments and distinguished careers of outstanding academic staff contribute to and augment excellence at the University. The Distinguished Academic Staff Award recognizes the outstanding achievements of professionals who serve the University in advising, curriculum development, outreach, extension, research, and teaching.

Distinguished Academic Staff Award Nomination Form (Word)

2017 recipients:

  • 2017 - Chrysoula Vasileiou, Chemistry

Past Recipients:

  • 2016 - A. Ardeshir Azadnia, Chemistry
  • 2015 - Steven Poulios, Chemistry
  • 2014 - Richard J. Staples, Chemistry

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Undergraduate & Graduate Advisor Awards

Number Awarded: 1 in each category

Monetary Award: $1,000

The Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Advisor Awards are given annually by the NatSci Student Advisory Council to faculty or academic specialists who have shown exceptional expertise in advising graduate or undergraduate students in the college.

Nominate an advisor for the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award

2017 recipients:

  • 2017 - Steven P. Poulios, Chemistry (Undergraduate Advisor)
  • 2017 - Julie C. Libarkin,  Earth and Enviromental Science (Graduate Advisor)

Past Recipients:

  • 2016 - Jason R. Gallant, Integrative Biology (Undergraduate Advisor)
  • 2016 - Kristin N. Parent - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Graduate Advisor)
  • 2015 - Leslie Thompson, Biomedical Lab Diagnostics
  • 2015 - Christoph Benning, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2013 - Susan A. McQuiston, Biomedical Lab Diagnostics
  • 2013 - Eran R. Andrechek, Physiology

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Support Staff Award

Number Awarded: 2

Monetary Award: $1,000

Criteria: This award recognizes support staff members who exhibit exceptional support to the College of Natural Science or one of its units. The recipient demonstrates excellence in job performance, supportive attitude, and contributions that lead to improved efficiency or effectiveness to better the College’s ability to fulfill its mission. A minimum of five years of service (by December 31 of the year of the award) to NatSci is required.

Nomination Procedure: The nominator must submit: 1) completed nomination form; 2) up to three letters of recommendation by individuals other than the nominator addressing the selection criteria.

Selection: Nominations will be reviewed by associate deans and recommendations will be submitted to the dean for approval.

Support Staff Award Nomination Form (Word)

2017 Recipients:

  • 2017 - Kimberly Crain, Physiology
  • 2017 - Nancy Lavrik, Chemistry

Past Recipients:

  • 2016 - Amy S. Porter, Physiology
  • 2016 - Brenda L. Wenzlick, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2015 - Reza Loloee, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2015 - Coreena Spitzley, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • 2014 - Linda R. Danhof, Plant Research Laboratory
  • 2014 - Faith L. Peterson, College of Natural Science

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Excellence-in-Teaching Citations

Number Awarded: 2

Monetary Award: $500

Based on University Criteria: Complete description/instructions

University Instructions (2016-17)

Excellence-In-Teaching Citations are made to graduate teaching assistants who have distinguished themselves by the care they have given and the skill they have shown in meeting their classroom responsibilities. The essential purpose of the citation is to bring college-wide recognition to the best of the graduate teaching assistants and by so doing to underline the qualitative contribution which they are making to the undergraduate program.

Excellence-in-Teaching Citation Nomination Form (Word)

2017 Recipients:

  • 2017 - Pei Geng, Statistics and Probability
  • 2017 - Michael Obsniuk, Physics and Astronomy

Past Recipients:

  • 2016 - Elizabeth M. Stelzner, Plant Biology
  • 2016 - Luke M. Williams, Mathematics
  • 2015 - Emily Weigel, Zoology
  • 2014 - James P. Barger, Physiology
  • 2014 - Hovig Kouyoumdjian, Chemistry

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Faculty Teaching Prize

Number Awarded: Up to 10–no more than 2 from any one unit

Monetary Award: $2000 salary increment

Description

Faculty Teaching Prizes are made to fixed term and tenure system faculty in recognition of excellent teaching.

Nominations are made by department chairs during the annual faculty raise process.

Faculty Teaching Prize Nomination Form (Word) For Chairs

2016 Recipients:

  • 2016 - Marcos D. Caballero, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2016 - Teena M. Gerhardt, Mathematics
  • 2016 - Kristin Parent, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • 2016 - Lynmarie A. Posey, Chemistry

Past Recipients:

  • 2015 - Susan F. Allen, Mathematics
  • 2015 - Warren F. Beck, Chemistry
  • 2015 - Edward F. Brown, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2015 - Ryan Kimbirauskas, Center for Integrative Studies in General Science
  • 2015 - John Mugg, Plant Biology
  • 2015 - Russell Schwab, Mathematics
  • 2015 - Laura L. Symonds, Neuroscience Program
  • 2014 – Lars Brudvig, Plant Biology
  • 2014 – Julie Cioni, Mathematics
  • 2014 – Albert Cohen, Mathematics
  • 2014 – Terence Marsh, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • 2014 – Susan McQuiston, Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics
  • 2014 – Vincent Melfi, Statistics and Probability / PRIME
  • 2014 – Carl Schmidt, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2014 – Kathryn Severin, Chemistry
  • 2014 – Stuart Tessmer, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2014 – Erica Wehrwein, Physiology
  • 2013 – Kathryn M. Doig, Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics
  • 2013 – Charles H. Elzinga, Biological Science
  • 2013 – David T. Long, Geological Sciences
  • 2013 – Tammy M. Long, Plant Biology
  • 2013 – Gabriel J. Ording, Integrative Studies in General Science/Entomology
  • 2013 – Amy M. Pollock, Chemistry
  • 2013 – Wayne W. Repko, Physics and Astronomy
  • 2013 – M. Jane Rice, Geological Sciences
  • 2013 – John W. Urbance, Biological Science
  • 2013 – Gary G. Westfall, Physics and Astronomy

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