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Recognition & Awards

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service. They have garnered recognition for their work from international and national organizations as well as from the University of Houston and NSM. A sampling of their honors appears under the following categories:

Academy Members

Maurice Brookhart
Professor of Chemistry
National Academy of Sciences
C.W. Paul Chu
T.L.L. Temple Foundation Chair in Science, Physics
National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Engineering, Academia Sinica, Third World Academy of Sciences
Roland Glowinski
Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
French National Academy of Technology, French National Order of the Academic Palms
Jan-Åke Gustafsson
Cullen Distinguished Professor of Biology & Biochemistry
Foreign Honorary Member U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member Finnish Scientific Society, International Member American Philosophical Society, Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Foreign Honorary Member American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Swedish Academy of Sciences
Alex Ignatiev
Professor Emeritus
Kazakhstan National Academy of Sciences
Yuri Kuznetsov
M.D. Anderson Professor of Mathematics
Russian Academy of Sciences
John Suppe
Distinguished Professor of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
National Academy of Sciences

National, International and State Honors

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Wei-Kan Chu
Physics
Council of Southern Graduate Schools Outstanding Mentor Award
Mini Das
Physics
Scialog Fellow
Pavan Hosur
Physics
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Mikyoung Jun
Mathematics
American Statistical Association Fellow
Jiajia Sun
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
J. Clarence Karcher Award, Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Julia Wellner
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Distinguished Lecturer, U.S. Science Support Program Ocean Discovery Lecture Series
Jakoah Brgoch
Chemistry
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
Albert Cheng
Computer Science
Distinguished Member, Association for Computing Machinery
Albert Cheng
Computer Science
Association for Computing Machinery Distinguished Speaker (2020–2023)
William Dupre
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Public Service Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Roland Glowinski
Mathematics
W. T. and Idalia Reid Prize, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Liming Li
Physics
Scialog Fellow
Paul Mann
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Leon Thomsen
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Society of Exploration Geophysicists Maurice Ewing Medal
Mark Tomforde
Mathematics
Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award, Mathematical Association of America
Julia Wellner
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Geological Society of America Fellow
Judy Wu
Chemistry
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
Jakoah Brgoch
Chemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Albert Cheng
Computer Science
Fulbright Specialist (2019–2022)
Seamus Curran
Physics
National Academy of Inventors
Richard Meisel
Biology & Biochemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Ognjen Miljanic
Chemistry
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
John Suppe
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
American Geophysical Union Fellow
Thomas Teets
Chemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Jonny Wu
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Eric Bittner
Chemistry
Leverhulme Visiting Professorship
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
Loi Do
Chemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Shiv Halasyamani
Chemistry
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
Allan J. Jacobson
Chemistry
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
Thomas Lapen
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Geological Society of America Fellow
Ognjen Miljanic
Chemistry
Humboldt Research Fellowship
Max Kade Foundation Fellowship
Zhifeng Ren
Physics
Humboldt Research Award
Min Ru
Mathematics
American Mathematical Society Fellow
Virginia Sisson
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America
Judy Wu
Chemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Mini Das
Physics
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Qi Fu
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Scott Gilbertson
Chemistry
American Chemical Society Fellow
Eva Harth
Chemistry
Gutenberg Chair Award
Karl Kadish
Chemistry
Société Chimique de France French-American Prize
Claudia Ratti
Physics
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Ding-Shyue (Jerry) Yang
Chemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Eric Bittner
Chemistry
American Physical Society Fellow
Eric Bittner
Chemistry
Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
Maurice Brookhart
Chemistry
The Ralph and Helen Oesper Award
Guoning Chen
Computer Science
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Vaughn Climenhaga
Mathematics
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Arthur Weglein
Physics
Society of Exploration Geophysicists Maurice Ewing Gold Medal
John F. Casey
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Geological Society of America Fellow
Yingcai Zheng
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
J. Clarence Karcher Award, Society of Exploration Geophysicists
Kevin E. Bassler
Physics
American Physical Society Fellow
Kevin Burke
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Arthur Holmes Medal & Honorary Membership European Geosciences Union
Suncica Canic
Mathematics
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award
George Fox
Biology & Biochemistry
International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life Fellow
Yuliya Gorb
Mathematics
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Dan Graur
Biology & Biochemistry
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
P. Shiv Halasyamani
Chemistry
Roy-Somiya Award, International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association
Allan Jacobson
Chemistry
National Academy of Inventors
Jeremy May
Chemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Mary Ann Ottinger
Biology & Biochemistry
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
Zhifeng Ren
Physics
Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas
Wu-Pei Su
Physics
American Physical Society Fellow
Richard Willson
Biology & Biochemistry
American Chemical Society Fellow, National Academy of Inventors
Margaret Cheung
Physics
American Physical Society Fellow
Timothy Cooper
Biology & Biochemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
The Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research
Roland Glowinski
Mathematics
American Mathematical Society Fellow
Ognjen Miljanic
Chemistry
Cottrell Scholar Award
Jeff Morgan
Mathematics
Piper Professor
Michael A. Murphy
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Geological Society of America Fellow
Daniel Onofrei
Mathematics
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program Grant
Don Van Nieuwenhuise
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Public Service Award
Zhifeng Ren
Physics
National Academy of Inventors
Simon Bott
Chemistry
Piper Professor
Eric Bittner
Chemistry
Fulbright Scholar
C.W. Paul Chu
Physics
National Academy of Inventors Charter Fellow
Karl M. Kadish
Chemistry
Hans Fischer Career Award in Porphyrin Chemistry
Ognjen Miljanic
Chemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Angela Moeller
Chemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Lawrence Pinsky
Physics
International Academy of Astronautics
Jingmei Qiu
Mathematics
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program Grant
Lisa Whitehead
Physics
Department of Energy Early Career Research Award
Rigoberto Advincula
Chemistry
American Chemical Society Polymer Division Fellow
Rigoberto Advincula
Chemistry
American Chemical Society Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Division Fellow
Albert Cheng
Computer Science
Institute of Physics Fellow
Dan Graur
Chemistry
Humboldt Research Award
Vassiliy Lubchenko
Chemistry
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
Mamie Moy
Chemistry
American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences
Rigoberto Advincula
Chemistry
American Chemical Society Fellow
Stuart Dryer
Biology & Biochemistry
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Edgar Gabriel
Computer Science
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Jan-Åke Gustafsson
Biology & Biochemistry
Fernström Foundation's Nordic Prize
Vassiliy Lubchenko
Chemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Ognjen Miljanic
Chemistry
American Chemical Society Greater Houston Section Younger Chemist Award
Mamie Moy
Chemistry
American Chemical Society Fellow
Carlos Ordóñez
Physics
American Physical Society John Wheatley Award
Steven Pennings
Biology & Biochemistry
Society of Wetland Scientists Merit Award
Arthur B. Weglein
Physics
Society of Exploration Geophysicists Reginald Fessenden Award
Richard Willson
Biology & Biochemistry
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
John Dewey
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Honorary Member Royal Irish Academy
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Demetrio Labate
Mathematics
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Vassiliy Lubchenko
Chemistry
Beckman Young Investigator Award
B. Montgomery Pettitt
Chemistry
Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science
Jolante Van Wijk
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
International Lithosphere Program Flinn-Hart Award
Kevin Burke
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Geological Society of America Penrose Award
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Aibing Li
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
National Science Foundation CAREER Award
Janok Bhattacharya
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator
Eric Bittner
Chemistry
John Simon Guggenheim Fellow
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
Synlett and Synthesis Journal Awardee
John Dewey
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Geological Society of America Structure and Tectonics Career Contributor Award
Kristopher Innanen
Physics
Society of Exploration Geophysicists J. Clarence Karcher Award
Rong Zheng
Computer Science
National Science Foundation CAREER Award

University Recognition

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Lisa Farmer
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Provost’s Core
Rebecca Forrest
Physics
Teaching Excellence – Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence
Ana Medrano
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence – Instructor/Clinical
Andrew Renshaw
Physics
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity – Assistant Professor
Nouhad Rizk
Computer Science
Teaching Excellence – Community Engagement
Judy Wu
Chemistry
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity – Assistant Professor
Yingcai Zheng
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity – Associate Professor
Melahat Almus
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award – Provost’s Core
Rene Bellwied
Physics
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity – Professor
Wei-Kan Chu
Physics
Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award
Donald Kouri
Physics
Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Thomas Teets
Chemistry
Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Richard Willson
Biology & Biochemistry
Esther Farfel Award
Jakoah Brgoch
Chemistry
Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Vaughn Climenhaga
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award
Galapago! Teaching Team: Ricardo Azevedo, Ann Cheek, Tony Frankino, Andrew Hamilton, Marc Hanke, Rebecca Zufall
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Group Teaching
Geophysical Field Camp Team: Shuhab Khan, Chang Li, Will Sager, Rob Stewart, Guoquan “Bob” Wang, Jingjing Zong
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Teaching Excellence Award – Group Teaching
Daniel Hauptvogel
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical
Donna Pattison
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Provost’s Core
Claudia Ratti
Physics
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity – Associate Professor
Lowell Wood
Physics
Teaching Excellence Career Award
Suncica Canic
Mathematics
Esther Farfel Award
Ann Cheek
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical
Mini Das
Physics
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity – Assistant Professor
Rebecca George
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award – Provost’s Core
Shuhab Khan
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Zhifeng Ren
Physics
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity – Professor
Edgar Bering
Physics
Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Introductory Biology Teaching Team: Ann Cheek, Richard Knapp, Ana Medrano, Monique Ogletree, 
Donna Pattison, 
Dan Wells, 
Lawrence Williams
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Group Teaching
Don Coltart
Chemistry
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Assistant Professor
Teaching Excellence Award
Timothy Cooper
Biology & Biochemistry
Undergraduate Research Mentor Award
Enhancing University Physics 1 & 2 through an Inquiry-Based Approach: Rebecca Forrest, 
Sladjana Maric, 
Donna Stokes, 
Oomman Varghese, 
Lowell Wood
Physics
Teaching Excellence Award – Group Teaching
W. Anthony Frankino
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award
Steven Pennings
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Instructional Technology
Jing Mei Qiu
Mathematics
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Associate Professor
Nouhad Rizk
Computer Science
Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical
Bernhard Bodmann
Mathematics
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, or Creative Activity - Associate Professor
Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Margaret Cheung
Physics
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, or Creative Activity - Associate Professor
George E. Fox
Biology & Biochemistry
Esther Farfel Award
Perri Segura
Mathematics ( teachHOUSTON)
Teaching Excellence - Instructor/Clinical
Mark Tomforde
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence – Community Engagement
Chang Yun
Computer Science
Teaching Excellence - Instructor/Clinical
Melahat Almus
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence - Instructor/Clinical
Albert M.K. Cheng
Computer Science
Lifetime Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Rebecca Forrest
Physics
Teaching Excellence - Instructor/Clinical
Daniel Frigo
Biology & Biochemistry
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, or Creative Activity - Assistant Professor
Dan Graur
Biology & Biochemistry
Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, or Creative Activity - Professor
Matthew Nicol
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award
Steven Baldelli
Chemistry
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Associate Professor
Paige Evans, Maria Benzon, Perri Segura and Leah McAlister-Shields
Mathematics, teachHOUSTON Program
Teaching Excellence – Group Teaching Award
Rebecca George
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence – Instructor/Clinical
Shuhab Khan
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Teaching Excellence Award
Barry Lefer
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Teaching Excellence – Provost’s Core
Ognjen Miljanić
Chemistry
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Assistant Professor
William Ott
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award
Robert Stewart
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Teaching Excellence Award
Randy Thummel
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Career Award
Cecilia Williams
Biology & Biochemistry
Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award – Pre-Tenure
Jokūbas Žiburkus
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award
Paige K. Evans
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence – Instructor/Clinical
Rakesh Verma
Computer Science
Lifetime Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Chad M. Wayne
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence – Instructor/Clinical
Chang H. Yun, Jose Baez-Francheschi, Zhigang Deng and Olin Johnson
Computer Science, Interactive Game Development Program
Teaching Excellence – Group Teaching Award
Pam Balthazar
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical
Margaret Cheung
Physics
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Assistant Professor
Tim Cooper
Biology & Biochemistry
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Assistant Professor
Tim Cooper
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award
Ed Hungerford
Physics
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Professor
Kresimir Josic
Mathematics
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Associate Professor
Jeremy A. May
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Award
Ognjen Miljanic
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Innovation in Instructional Technology
Jeff Morgan
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award – Community Engagement
Donna L. Pattison
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical
Lawrence R. Williams
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical
Simon Bott
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Award Instructor/Clinical Award
Michael Murphy
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Teaching Excellence Award Provost Core Award
Donna Stokes
Physics
Provost Faculty Advising Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising
Dan Wells
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award Career Award
Rigoberto Advincula
Chemistry
Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Mary Bean
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Award: Instructor/Clinical
Olaf Daugulis
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Award
Bill Dupre
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Provost Faculty Advising Award
Rong Zheng
Computer Science
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Rebecca Forest
Physics
Teaching Excellence Award
Arnold Guloy
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
P. Shiv Halasyamani
Chemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
James Benbrook
Physics
Provost's Core Teaching Excellence Award
Eric Bittner
Chemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Simon Bott
Chemistry
Provost Faculty Advising Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
William Dupré
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Provost's Core Teaching Excellence Award
Virginia Leigh Hollyer
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award: Instructor/Clinical
Vern Paulsen
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award
Rigoberto Advincula
Chemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Steven Baldelli
Chemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Peter Copeland
Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Provost's Core Teaching Excellence Award
Jaspal Subhlok
Computer Science
Innovation in Instructional Technology Award
Costa Colbert
Biology & Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award, Tenure or Tenure Track
Stuart Dryer
Biology & Biochemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Craig Larson
Mathematics
Non-tenure Teaching Excellence Award
T. Randall Lee
Chemistry
Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Lawrence Williams
Biology & Biochemistry
George Magner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising

NSM John C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award

Application Process

  • 2021
    Tai-Yen Chen, Chemistry
    Lisa Farmer, Biology & Biochemistry
  • 2020
    Rebecca Forrest, Physics
    Oomman Varghese, Physics
  • 2019
    Melahat Almus, Mathematics
    Thomas Teets, Chemistry
  • 2018
    Rebecca Zufall, Biology & Biochemistry
  • 2017
    Shuhab Khan, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
    Chad Wayne, Biology & Biochemistry
  • 2016
    W. Anthony Frankino, Biology & Biochemistry
    Rebecca George, Mathematics
  • 2015
    Paige Evans, teachHOUSTON
    Mark Tomforde, Mathematics
  • 2014
    Ann Cheek, Biology & Biochemistry
    Ognjen Miljanic, Chemistry
  • 2013
    Simon Bott, Chemistry
    Rob Stewart, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • 2012
    Peter Copeland, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
    Rebecca Forrest, Physics
  • 2011
    Anne Delcour, Biology & Biochemistry
    Shishir Shah, Computer Science
  • 2010
    Michael Murphy, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • 2009
    Gemunu Gunaratne, Physics
  • 2008
    Thomas Lapen, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • 2007
    William Dupre, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
    Randolph Thummel, Chemistry
  • 2006
    Shiao-Chun Tu, Biology & Biochemistry

NSM Junior Faculty Award for Excellence in Research

Nomination Process

  • 2021
    Andrew Renshaw, Physics
  • 2020
    Jakoah Brgoch, Chemistry
  • 2019
    Thomas Teets, Chemistry
  • 2018
    Loi Do, Chemistry
  • 2017
    Vaughn Climenhaga, Mathematics
  • 2016
    Guoning Chen, Computer Science
  • 2015
    Lisa Whitehead, Physics