Congratulations to the 2013
Beacons of Excellence Award Recipients!
Academic Associate Research Program
Dr. Elizabeth Tashjian
Students Promoting Eating Disorder Awareness and Knowledge (SPEAK)
Theatre, Fine Arts and Humanities in London Learning Abroad Program
The award ceremony will be Thursday, October 31, 2013 in the Union Ballroom.
Watch this site for more information to come!
Matt Bradley, Honors College
Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, College of Engineering
Ganesh Gopalakrishnan is a professor in the School of Computing, principal investigator for the Formal Analysis for Concurrency Group, and director of the Center for Parallel Computing, which he was instrumental in founding in 2009. "Professor Gopalakrishnan sets a perfect precedent for both teaching and research as a member of the School of Computing," writes one of Ganesh Gopalakrishnan’s students. "His cheerful attitude and good humor are contagious; he is rarely seen without a smile,”. Gopalakrishnan personifies what it means to be a professor at the U. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, introducing students to the latest cutting-edge research in science and engineering. Students find his classes energizing and rewarding. Gopalakrishnan’s approach to student mentoring is modeled after the advice of the late Randy Pausch, a noted computer science professor and author of “The Last Lecture”—that of backing students until they have a chance to realize their true potential. See a video about Ganesh Gopalakrishnan.
Mark Nielsen & Human Anatomy Lab, College of Science
The Human Anatomy Lab, under the direction of Mark Nielsen, professor of anatomy, provides undergraduate students interested in health-related professions the unique opportunity to work with and study the structure of the human body and how it works. Through a rigorous, innovative curriculum and hands-on experience, students study anatomy in depth. Each year under the mentorship Nielsen, 60 top students from the course are selected as teaching assistants where they broaden their anatomy background and develop excellent teaching skills. Many of these student teaching assistants have gone on to teach anatomy in their medical school classes around the country. “[I] am sincerely indebted to [Nielsen] and his anatomy program for helping to shape my life and future,” said a first year medical student. Nielsen is a beloved professor, having previously been awarded a University Distinguished Teaching Award. See a video about Mark Nielsen.
Hester Henderson - UFIT, College of Health
Native American Research Internship, School of Medicine
A unique program in the Intermountain West, the Native American Research Internship Program (NARI) offers paid research internships to Native American undergraduate students pursuing careers in the biomedical and health sciences professions. Students from across the U.S. come to the U to work in laboratory or clinical research settings with research faculty. They are mentored by indigenous U faculty, staff, and community members; attend a Native American health conference; engage with the local Native American community; and learn the “ins and outs” of applying to graduate or medical school. An intern in the program commented, “More important than enlarging an American Medical College Application Service application, more important than money, even more important than the networking this program has provided, is the great job it has done in fostering our self-identity as future physicians….The fires ignited here can bring light to our tribes for generations.” Now in its third year, NARI continues to support the future health professionals of Indian Country. See a video about NARI.
U of U Fraternity & Sorority Community, Dean of Students Office
The purpose of Greek-lettered organizations is to promote the values of scholarship, leadership, service and philanthropy. This group of women and men at the University of Utah strive for excellence in each of these categories and take an active role to promote the mission of the University on and off campus. Not only are the University of Utah Greeks involved, but they are hardworking and dedicated. The students in the fraternity and sorority system work daily to prove themselves as some of the best and the brightest at the University of Utah. The Greek system includes members of the PanHellenic Council , the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. See a video about the Fraternity & Sorority Community.
The University of Utah fosters a transformational experience for all students. We value and recognize a respect for knowledge that empowers students to become actively engaged members of various communities.We accomplish this through recognizing people, programs and projects committed to excellence.
- Maureen Mathison – Associate Professor in Communication and Director of the Writing Program
- Dale Larsen – Assistant Librarian, Marriott Library
- Shari Lindsey – Coordinator, College of Health
- Ganesh Gopalakrishnan - Professor of Computer Science, Director, Center for Parallel Computing at Utah
- Hester Henderson - Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science
- Richard White - Program Coordinator, Native American Research Internship, Pediatric Research Excellence Partnership, Pediatric Research Education, Department of Pediatrics
- Mark Nielsen - Professor (Lecturer) Department of Biology
- Teresa Pond - Chapter President of the Beta Gamma chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity for Women, and current Director of Development for the Union Programming Council
- Tammy Mabey – Data Analyst for University College
- Patrick Tripeny – Architecture & Planning – Faculty in the College of Architecture and Planning, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and Director of Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (Co-chair of committee)
- Sharon Aiken-Wisniewski – Asst. Vice President for Academic Affairs/Undergraduate Studies and Associate Dean for University College (Co-chair of committee)