The College of Science gathered virtually on April 22 to recognize academic, administrative and teaching excellence at the College's 2020-21 Combined Awards Ceremony – a merge of our annual Faculty and Staff Awards and Teaching and Advising Awards events.
The first half of the ceremony celebrated excellence in research and administration, and the second half the ceremony focused on outstanding teaching, advising and mentoring.
In the Faculty and Staff Awards portion of the evening, the College recognized outstanding scholarship and research across the fields of basic and applied science that have led to important breakthroughs and new knowledge in the mathematical, physical and life sciences. The impact of these research activities resonates well beyond Oregon State University and has earned global acclamation and the recognition of peers in the wider scientific community.
Dean Roy Haggerty delivered welcome remarks to the audience of faculty, staff, family and friends of the College of Science. He took the opportunity to acknowledge the immense contributions of Professor Virginia Weis and Professor Jerri Bartholomew, former heads of the departments of integrative biology and microbiology. He also congratulated mathematics Professor Malgo Peszynska, 2020 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Rebecca Vega Thurber, the new Emile Pernot Distinguished Professor of microbiology.
The excellence in research and administration awards were announced and presented by Vrushali Bokil, associate dean of graduate studies and research in the College of Science. These were followed by the excellence in teaching and advising awards at the end of the ceremony.
Hearty congratulations to these award-winning faculty and staff who were recognized for their outstanding achievements.