Connecting campuses to promote excellence in math and science

Janet Andersen Lecture AwardJanet Anderson - Hope College Math Professor

Established by the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science in 2008
www.mathsciconsortium.org

Professor Janet Andersen was a beloved faculty member in the Hope College Mathematics Department and served enthusiastically as the Midstates Consortium Director for five years before her life ended tragically in an automobile accident in November 2005. As a teacher and scholar, Janet was devoted to providing creative, high-quality learning experiences for her students, and she herself was always learning as she was teaching. As Consortium Director, she looked for ways to connect with and support natural science faculty, both new and experienced.

To honor Janet Andersen's dedication and commitment to her work with students and faculty in her teaching, research and service to the Consortium, the Janet Andersen Lecture Award was established in 2008. The Midstates Consortium will choose one or two faculty members from one or two of the Consortium member institutions each year to present the Janet Andersen Lecture at one or both of the fall Undergraduate Research Symposia on a topic of his or her expertise. The award recipient(s) will also receive a $300 honorarium.

The Midstates Consortium invites faculty, students, staff and administrators to nominate faculty members in the Consortium for the Janet Andersen Lecture award. We encourage nominations for faculty members of any rank who have vigorous research programs involving undergraduates, who are exceptional mentors for undergraduate research students, who are engaged and skilled teachers, or who create interdisciplinary research opportunities for undergraduate students.

The Consortium accepts nominations for this award each spring. The nomination deadline for the 2020-2021 award is March 31, 2021.  Please submit nomination letters as a pdf on College letterhead and include a current CV for the nominee.  The award recipients are selected by the Executive Committee at their spring meeting (usually held in April or May).

Send nomination material or any questions to Dr. Edward Hansen, Midstates Consortium Director, midstatesdirector@gmail.com. Please note that nominations will be considered for 3 successive years without the need for resubmission.


2021 Janet Andersen Lecture Award Recipients

 

Biological Sciences and Psychology

 

Dr. Gerald Griffin

Interim Provost

Professor of Biology and Psychology

Hope College, Holland Michigan

 

It is clear from his nomination letter that Dr. Griffin is a master teacher.  His use of an interdisciplinary approach in particular is in the spirit of Janet Andersen.  As the writers of the letter put it “Dr. Griffin has used creative approaches to cross-train students for types of thinking and writing that are hallmarks of an excellent liberal arts education, addressing neuroscience in relation to ethics, law, and art.” The results of this approach have been exercises like business plans that connect neuroscience to the needs of the community and the “Jazz Session of the Brain” as a way of teaching about brain neural paths.  Dr. Griffin also has an impressive record as a research mentor as indicated by the fact that he has mentored over forty-five undergraduate research students in the last decade and published papers with twelve of them.  His record of service to the college community is also exemplary especially in his role of Interim Provost in the year of COVID 19.


Physical Sciences, Math, and Computer Sciences

 

Dr. Dwight Stoll

Professor of Chemistry

Gustavus Adolphus College

 

 

The writer of the nomination letter for Dr. Stoll noted that “His research lab is not just open to the ‘best and the brightest’. He is willing to offer an opportunity to any student who expresses a genuine curiosity about science and even seeks out students who have a glimmer of scientific potential. In other words, Dwight pays attention to his students and realizes their potential before they realize it themselves.” One measure of Dr. Stoll’s success as a research mentor is that 21 of the roughly 60 undergraduate research students he has worked with have been co-authors on his scientific papers.  Another measure of the quality of his scholarly work as a separation scientist focused on liquid chromatography is his appearance on The Analytical Scientist’s ‘Top 100 Analytical Scientists’ 2019 Power List.  Dr.  Stoll is also known as a skillful and dedicated teacher with strong interests in curricular and pedagogical innovation.  He has provided outstanding service to both his scholarly and campus community, particularly during the pandemic crisis of the past year when he served as chair of the COVID Gustavus Adolphus faculty emergency planning committee and held a position on college-wide COVID leadership team.

 

View Previous winners