Six NSM Faculty Honored at UH Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner

Awards Include UH’s Highest Faculty Honor – the Esther Farfel Award – and Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Scholarship

Six College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics faculty members and one graduate student brought home honors for excellence in the areas of teaching, mentoring, research and scholarship.

The awards, given each year at the “UH Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner,” are one of the highest honors bestowed by the University of Houston. All winners receive a cash prize.

“Our college and its students benefit from the dedication demonstrated by the faculty members receiving these honors. They are well deserving of recognition at the University level,” said Dan E. Wells, NSM dean. “The highlight of this year’s awards is the selection of George Fox for the university’s highest honor, the Esther Farfel Award.”

George E. Fox – Esther Farfel Award Honoree

George E. Fox, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Biology and Biochemistry, received the Univerity’s highest faculty honor – the Esther Farfel Award. The award, which carries a $10,000 cash prize, recognizes excellence in teaching, research and service. Read More

Awards for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Associate Professor

Each year, UH presents two awards at the Associate Professor rank to individuals who have established a growing record of outstanding research, scholarship or creative activities and who are emerging leaders in their field. Both recipients in 2016 were from NSM.

Bernhard Bodmann, Mathematics
Margaret Cheung, Physics

Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical

Two NSM instructional faculty members received this award given in recognition of outstanding teaching by faculty instructors, clinical faculty, research faculty, artist affiliates, and lecturers.

Perri Segura, Mathematics – teachHOUSTON
Chang Yun, Computer Science

Teaching Excellence Award – Graduate Teaching Assistant

This award is given to graduate students in recognition of outstanding teaching.

Reza Abbasgholizadeh, Biology and Biochemistry

Teaching Excellence Award – Community Engagement

This award is given in recognition of a full-time faculty member who involves students in service learning activities or community engagement projects. Mark Tomforde was recognized for his creation and leadership of the Cougar Houston Area Math Program (CHAMP).

Mark Tomforde, Mathematics

Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research

Awarded to faculty who are making a significant impact in their field by supporting and mentoring undergraduate students in research and scholarship endeavors.

Bernhard Bodmann, Mathematics

- Kathy Major, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics