Eighteen NSM Faculty and One Graduate Student Honored at UH Faculty Excellence Awards Dinner

Awards Include Moores Professorship and Individual Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Undergraduate Research Mentoring

Congratulations to the 18 College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics faculty members and one graduate student who were honored for excellence in the areas of teaching, mentoring, research, service and scholarship. NSM faculty received awards in five of the six teaching categories, including both group teaching awards.

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

“These outstanding recipients embody the core values of this college through their pursuit of research and teaching excellence and their hard work to serve as good mentors for our students,” said Dan E. Wells, NSM dean.

Moores Professorship

Preethi Gunaratne, Biology & Biochemistry
Five-year, renewable Moores Professorships are given to faculty who are outstanding in teaching, research and service. Recipients of this prestigious award receive a $10,000 stipend annually.

Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity – Associate Professor

Claudia Ratti, Physics
UH presents two awards at the Associate Professor rank to individuals who have who have established a growing record of outstanding research, scholarship or creative contributions, and who are emerging leaders in their field.

Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award

Jakoah Brgoch, Chemistry
The award acknowledges faculty who are making a significant impact in their field by supporting and mentoring undergraduate students in research and scholarship endeavors and who have demonstrated at least five years of mentorship involvement.

Teaching Excellence Career Award

Lowell Wood, Physics
One Career Award is given each year to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching over the course of their career at UH. The recipient must have been on the UH faculty at for at least 20 years.

Teaching Excellence Award – Provost’s Core

Donna Pattison, Biology & Biochemistry
This award is given to faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching in the core curriculum.

Teaching Excellence Award

Vaughn Climenhaga, Mathematics
This award is given to tenured or tenure-track professors who have demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical

Daniel Hauptvogel, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
This award is given in recognition of outstanding teaching by faculty instructors, clinical faculty, research faculty, artist affiliates, and lecturers.

Teaching Excellence Award – Group Teaching

Two NSM groups were recognized with Group Teaching Awards. The award recognizes faculty who demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and student success, who have worked together collaboratively to improve student outcomes.

Galapago! Teaching Team
Ricardo Azevedo, Biology & Biochemistry
Ann Cheek, Biology & Biochemistry
Tony Frankino, Biology & Biochemistry
Andrew Hamilton, Dean’s Office
Marc Hanke, Honors College
Rebecca Zufall, Biology & Biochemistry

Geophysical Field Camp Team
Shuhab Khan, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Chang Li, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Will Sager, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Rob Stewart, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Guoquan “Bob” Wang, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Jingjing Zong, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Teaching Excellence Award – Graduate Teaching Assistant

Vidushi Adlakha, Physics
This award is given to graduate students in recognition of outstanding teaching.

- Kathy Major, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics