Three Colorado State University faculty members share top honors for the Graduate Advising and Mentorship Award, sponsored and selected by the Graduate Student Council. Nominations are submitted by graduate students based on three criteria: educational guidance, career development and interpersonal relationship skills.
Winners, announced in April are Jennifer DeLuca, associate professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Emily Fischer, assistant professor in Atmospheric Science; and Tim Stasevich, assistant professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Honorable mention went to Ed Hall, assistant professor in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, and Richard Finke, professor in Chemistry.
“Graduate students do not have many opportunities to formally acknowledge their advisors, so the idea to recognize their excellent guidance and support was drafted four years ago,” said Lindsay Lammers, president of the Graduate Student Council. “It is one of the most fun and rewarding events the Graduate Student Council does all year and we know that the professors enjoy it as well. They are rarely celebrated for their mentorship – what better way than directly from their students?”
Here are what a few of the students said about their advisors in their nomination:
“Tim Stasevich gives all of us the freedom to explore questions that may or may not be related to our thesis projects. Because of this freedom, we all take great ownership in our projects and are motivated to keep asking new questions and to explore interesting biological findings.” –Amanda Koch, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
“Ed Hall seizes every opportunity to help me expand my own connections. He is quick to recommend reaching out to specialists at other universities and other graduate students within CSU with whom I share similar interests. This persistent and enthusiastic networking will be invaluable in my career development.” – Jemma Fadum, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability.
“Richard Finke truly cares. This type of commitment to the individual is admirable and truly makes me as a student more successful now and in future years to come!” – Chris Whitehead, Chemistry.
The complete list of nominees included:
Deborah Thompson, English
Sudeep Pasricha, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Tori Crain, Psychology
Amy O. Charkowski, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
Kristen Rasmussen, Atmospheric Sceince
Edwin Chong, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Andrew Bliss, Anthropology
Steven Fonte, Soil and Crop Sciences
James E. Klett, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Katie Abrams, Journalism and Mass Communcation
Sue VandeWoude, Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology
Rebecca Gruby, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources
Heather Leach, Health and Exercise Science
Kurt Kraiger, Psychology
Alessandro Bonanno, Agricultural and Resource Economics
Karrin Vasby Anderson, Communications Studies
Stephanie Kampf, Ecosysteme Science and Sustainability
Kate Ross, Physics
Mark Uchanski, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Jeffrey D. Niemann, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Karen Gardenier, International Programs
Leif Sorensen, English
Kimberly Cox-York, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Cynthia Scarpa, College of Business Academic Support
Tiezheng Tong, Civil and Environmental Engineering