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Janet Andersen Lecture AwardJanet Anderson - Hope College Math Professor

Established by the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science in 2008

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 deadline for the 2017-18 award is March 19, 2018.  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. Michael Seymour, Midstates Consortium Director,

2017 Janet Andersen Lecture Award Winners


Biological Sciences and Psychology

Dr. Julie Legler, Professor of Statistics and Statistics Program Director

Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN



Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Science

Dr. Thomas Varberg, DeWitt Wallace Professor of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Macalester College, St. Paul, MN


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