Melissa Reynolds named 2017 College of Natural Sciences Professor Laureate

Posted: April 19th, 2017

The College of Natural Sciences has named this year’s Professor Laureates – Dr. Melissa Reynolds, Department of Chemistry and Dr. Dan Cooley, Department of Statistics.

Professor Laureate is the highest academic title awarded by the College of Natural Sciences and is intended to honor faculty who have made outstanding contributions to its mission with work in the areas of research, teaching, mentoring, and outreach. The title also recognizes the nominee’s career accomplishments and provides them an honorarium and two years of resources for student projects directed by them.

Both Dan and Melissa embody the purpose of the award and have achieved, practiced, and demonstrated the best characteristics of a well-rounded, productive academician. They are inspiring, challenging, and effective teachers that have made important and extensive contributions to their disciplines, and devote time and energy in service to the university, their profession, and the community at large. During the academic year, each laureate must also deliver a college-wide address on an academic subject of his or her choice.

Awardees display to the rest of the college and university the role model of an excellent senior faculty member and establish a group that the dean’s office may go to for advice and counsel on ad-hoc issues. The title of professor laureate remains for three years, is not renewable, and the award is relinquished upon passing to retirement or transitional retirement.

Reynolds will be awarded at the Professor Laureate Awards and Lecture ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2017. Reynolds will give her Laureate presentation at this time.