Interim Dean Nathanial Whitaker (top, left) along with 2023 Outstanding Achievement Award recipients

CNS Outstanding Achievement Awards 2023

Each year, the College of Natural Sciences honors faculty, staff, and student leaders who have made important contributions to their discipline, department, college, and university by presenting them with the Outstanding Achievement Awards.

May 16, 2023

Recipients are nominated by colleagues within the college and chosen by committees chaired by designees appointed by CNS Interim Dean Nate Whitaker. The recipients are presented with $1,000 honorariums in recognition of their achievements. 

Of this year’s recipients, Whitaker remarked, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to acknowledge the work of these individuals who go above and beyond in their work to advance academic excellence, improve the student experience, and create a more inclusive and accessible learning environment.”  

On May 8, 2023, CNS recognized the following people with an Outstanding Achievements Awards Ceremony: 

For Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion:

 Madelaine Bartlett, Associate Professor, Department of Biology Madelaine Bartlett standing in a field of greenery









For Outstanding Teaching as non-tenure track faculty: 

Brokk Toggerson wearing a blue button up shirtBrokk Toggerson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics 









For Outstanding Teaching as tenure-track faculty: 

Sibongile Mafu wearing a blue shirtSibongile Mafu, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology








For Outstanding Staff: 

Bill Jerome, Technical Specialist, Biology. [photo not available] 

Erin Flanagan smiling Erin Flanagan, Business Manager, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology 









For Outstanding Service & Engagement: 

Shubha Tewari wearing a blue collared shirtShubha Tewari, Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics









For Outstanding Research: 

Stephane Willocq wearing a polo standing in front of a white boardStephane Willocq, Professor, Department of Physics 










Min Chen wearing a white shirt and glassesMin Chen, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry










 For Outstanding Advisor:

Erik Cheries smilingErik Cheries, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences








Karen Helfer, Associate Dean for Graduate, Postdoctoral, and Faculty Development said, “It is a joy to be able to recognize some of the outstanding staff and faculty who do exceptional work at CNS. This small token of gratitude acknowledges the tremendous work done by so many on behalf of CNS.” 

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