Ariel Robbins receives excellence in advising award

  • Sep 5, 2018
  • Advising, Staff, Award
  • Homepage Hero, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Research, Students, Charles Drew Science Scholars, College of Natural Science
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Ariel Robbins

Ariel Robbins, assistant program director and academic advisor for the Charles Drew Science Scholars program in Michigan State University’s College of Natural Science (NatSci), has been selected to receive the 2018 Outstanding Established Advisor Award.

Established in 2017, the Outstanding Established Advisor Award recognizes an academic advisor who has been in the field for more than three years and demonstrates excellence in providing useful educational and career advice to students.

“It is a delight for me to see Ariel Robbins recognized with this award,” said Deb Dotterer, assistant dean for university advising and former assistant dean and director of undergraduate studies in the College of Natural Science. “During my time in NatSci, I witnessed Ariel’s compassionate and inspirational interactions with each and every Drew Science Scholar. She is truly deserving of this award in recognition of the tremendous impact she has had on so many MSU students.”

The Drew Science Scholars program provides academic assistance and support for high achieving, historically underrepresented undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science and mathematics.

“Ariel is an excellent advisor, and the outstanding work she does with and for our students is a major factor in the success of our students and the Drew program," said Jerry Caldwell, Drew Science Scholar program director. "All of us at Drew are extremely pleased to see her receive this well-deserved honor."

A first generation college student herself, Robbins meets with the Charles Drew Science Scholars throughout their undergraduate careers: three times per semester their first year and then twice per semester thereafter. She helps them plan their curriculum based on their career goals and then regularly evaluates their progress to help them stay on track from year to year.

“The Drew Scholars program takes a holistic approach to guiding students, providing academic advising and coaching along with social and emotional support to students in the sciences at MSU,” Robbins said.

“I want to be to my students what I wish I could have had during my college years,” she added. “I regularly ask myself, ‘What would have made a difference for me?’”

Robbins will receive her award at the MSU Advisor Recognition and Awards Program on Sept. 27, 2018, in the Heritage Room of the Henry Center at MSU.


Banner image: The Charles Drew Science Scholars program takes a wholistic approach to guiding students, providing academic advising and coaching, along with social and emotional support in the sciences at MSU.