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College of SciencesFaculty Award Recipients

Each year, the faculty and staff of the College choose to recognize the extraordinary contributions of their colleagues to the College's research and creativity, teaching, and service missions. Recipients of the following awards represent the best traditions of scholarship, including discovery and the advancement of new knowledge; integration of knowledge across disciplines; engagement with the broader community within the University, the Hampton Roads area, the Commonwealth, and the world; and transformative teaching and learning for traditional and nontraditional students alike.

The College recognizes that each awardee's successes depend upon the inspiration, dedication and sacrifice of many others in the College. For this reason, the following awards celebrate our academic community as much as the distinguished individuals we choose to honor.

Cheng Fund For Innovative Research

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Xiang Xu

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

2020-2021 Award Winner

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Yuan Zhang

Department of Physics

2019-2020 Award Winner

Cong Wang

Cong Wang

Department of Computer Science


Distinguished Research Award

To recognize significant research contributions, one tenured faculty member will be chosen each year to receive the College of Sciences Distinguished Research Award. This award recognizes outstanding research discoveries extensively cited in the literature, a record of highly important publications and substantial and consistent peer-reviewed grant support.

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Sebastian Kuhn

Department of Physics

2020-2021 Award Winner

Stephen Bueltmann

Stephen Bueltmann

Department of Physics

Stephen Bueltmann

Department of Physics

2019-2020 Award Winner

Yuesheng Xu

Yuesheng Xu

Department of Mathematics & Statistics


Distinguished Early Career Research

To recognize significant research contributions by a faculty member early in their career, one pre-tenure faculty member will be chosen each year to receive the College of Sciences Early Career Distinguished Research Award.

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Cassie Glenn

Department of Psychology

2020-2021 Award Winner

Cong Wang

Cong Wang

Department of Computer Science

2019-2020 Award Winner

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Raul Briceno

Department of Physics


Gene W. Hirschfeld Faculty Excellence Award

To recognize faculty members who have excelled in teaching, research, and service, one College of Sciences faculty member will be chosen every other year to receive the Gene W. Hirschfeld Faculty Excellence Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who is both a highly valued teacher as evidenced by quality student-faculty interaction within and outside of the classroom and an accomplished research investigator as demonstrated by publication in highly regarded journals and peer-reviewed research grant support. In addition, this faculty member embodies service through significant departmental, college, university, national and international academic leadership. This award is open to faculty members who have completed a minimum of three years at Old Dominion University at the time of the award.

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Holly Gaff

Department of Biology

2019-2020 Award Winner

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Rocco Schiavilla

Department of Physics


Outstanding Advisor of the Year

The Outstanding Advisor of the Year award recognizes the individual in the College of Sciences who has provided exemplary advising to undergraduate and/or graduate students during the past academic year.

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Kerri Svoboda-Musick

COS Advising Center

2020-2021 Award Winner

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Mirta S. Williams

Department of Computer Science

2019-2020 Award Winner

Janet Rinehart-Kim

Janet Rinehart-Kim

Department of Biological Sciences


Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year

The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year award recognizes the individual in the College of Sciences who has provided exemplary undergraduate research supervision during the past calendar year.

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Abby Braitman

Department of Psychology

2019-2020 Award Winner

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Jian Wu

Department of Computer Science


Outstanding MS Thesis Award

This award recognizes the graduate student who has produced the most outstanding M.S. thesis in the College of Sciences. In certain cases, an M.S. student's project may be substituted for a formal thesis if that project has led to published results.

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Jennifer Shipley

Department of Psychology

2020-2021 Award Winner

Claire Gorman

Claire Gorman

Department of Biological Sciences

2019-2020 Award Winner

Tiffany Birge

Tiffany Birge

Department of Biological Sciences


Lee Entsminger Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award

This award recognizes the graduate student who has produced the most outstanding Ph.D. dissertation in the College of Sciences.

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Brian Collister

Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences

2020-2021 Award Winner

Corday Selden

Corday Selden

Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences


2019-2020 Award Winner

Ashley Molinaro

Ashley Molinaro

Department of Biological Sciences

2019-2020 Award Winner

Amy Stamates

Amy Stamates

Department of Psychology



Distinguished Teaching Award - Adjunct Faculty

To recognize significant contributions to the teaching mission of the College of Sciences, four faculty members (one tenured, one tenure-track, one lecturer and one adjunct) will receive the Distinguished Teaching Award. This award recognizes outstanding teaching, innovative pedagogy, concern for students and exemplary contributions to the educational process outside the classroom.

2020-2021 Award Winner

James Brunelle

James A. Brunelle

Department of Computer Science

2019-2020 Award Winner

Dennis Weygand

Dennis Weygand

Department of Physics


Distinguished Teaching Award - Nontenured Faculty

To recognize significant contributions to the teaching mission of the College of Sciences, four faculty members (one tenured, one tenure-track, one lecturer and one adjunct) will receive the Distinguished Teaching Award. This award recognizes outstanding teaching, innovative pedagogy, concern for students and exemplary contributions to the educational process outside the classroom.

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Perry Nerem

Department of Physics

2020-2021 Award Winner

Soad Ibraham

Soad F. Ibrahim

Department of Computer Science


2019-2020 Award Winner

Blair Swoope

Blair Swoope

Department of Mathematics & Statistics

2019-2020 Award Winner

Doug Mills

Doug Mills

Department of Biological Sciences



Distinguished Teaching Award - Tenure Track Faculty

To recognize significant contributions to the teaching mission of the College of Sciences, four faculty members (one tenured, one tenure-track, one lecturer and one adjunct) will receive the Distinguished Teaching Award. This award recognizes outstanding teaching, innovative pedagogy, concern for students and exemplary contributions to the educational process outside the classroom.

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Sampath Jayarathna

Department of Computer Science

2020-2021 Award Winner

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Raul A. Briceno

Department of Physics

2019-2020 Award Winner

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Alan Meca

Department of Psychology


Distinguished Teaching Award – Tenured Faculty

To recognize significant contributions to the teaching mission of the College of Sciences, four faculty members (one tenured, one tenure-track, one lecturer and one adjunct) will receive the Distinguished Teaching Award. This award recognizes outstanding teaching, innovative pedagogy, concern for students and exemplary contributions to the educational process outside the classroom.

2021-2022 Award Winner

Alex Gurevich

Alex Gurevich

Department of Physics

2020-2021 Award Winner

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Rocco Schiavilla

Department of Physics

2019-2020 Award Winner

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Nora Noffke

Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences


Outstanding Staff Member of the Year

To recognize a staff member who has provided exceptional service to students and faculty within the College of Sciences and the University, a staff member will be chosen to receive the College of Sciences Outstanding Staff Member of the Year Award.

2021-2022 Award Winner

Patrick Curry

Patrick Curry

Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences, Captain R/V Fay Slover

2020-2021 Award Winner

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Alex Tucker

Department of Computer Science


2019-2020 Award Winner

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Tammy Subotich

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

2019-2020 Award Winner

Donna Sellers

Donna Sellers

Department of Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences



Seed Funding Research in Data Science Award

2021-2022 Award Winner

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Sophie Clayton

Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences

2021-2022 Award Winner

Lucia Tabacu

Lucia Tabacu

Department of Mathematics & Statistics



Above and Beyond Faculty Award Winners

The Above and Beyond Award started in 2019 and is funded by the College of Sciences Advisory Board to recognize those faculty who, through their teaching, research, or service, go above and beyond their usual role. These faculty serve the educational mission of ODU in many ways, some of which are not recognized through the usual teaching or research awards.

Raul Briceno

Raul Briceno

Assistant Professor

Department of Physics


Dr. Bala Ramjee

Dr. Bala Ramjee

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. Christina Steel

Dr. Christina Steel

Senior Lecturer

Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Desmond Cook

Dr. Desmond Cook

Professor

Department of Physics

Dr. Gordon Melrose

Dr. Gordon Melrose

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Department of Mathematics and Statistics


Jennifer Younkin

Jennifer Younkin

Master Lecturer and Chief Departmental Advisor

Department of Psychology

Kalpana Mahadevan

Kalpana Mahadevan

Lecturer

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kayla Culbertson

Kayla Culbertson

Adjunct Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Przemek Bogacki

Dr. Przemek Bogacki

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics and Statistics


Dr. Shannon Wells

Dr. Shannon Wells

Lecturer

Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences

Dr. Steve Zeil

Dr. Steve Zeil

Associate Professor

Department of Computer Science


Charles Sukenik

Charles Sukenik

Professor

Department of Physics

Rich Whittecar

Rich Whittecar

University Professor Emeritus

Department of Ocean & Earth Sciences