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Department of Chemistry

Chris Culbertson Receives Stamey Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising

chrisProf. Chris Culbertson is the recipient of the 2011 William L. Stamey Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising from the College of Arts and Sciences. It is remarkable that an individual who maintains an active, internationally recognized research program should also be so engaged and successful with the complete academic year advising duties of our department.

Chris is dedicated to maximizing the success of each of our students by providing them with accurate information, informed wisdom, and broad insight: he does this creatively, effectively and graciously. Last year, Chris recorded ca. 180 individual meetings with our students. Our undergraduate numbers have been rising in recent years (now standing at about 90 majors), and much of this increase is due to greater retention brought on by Prof. Culbertson’s earnest advising.

Chris is also the department’s scholarship coordinator, and last year he awarded more than $65,000 in departmental funds to our chemistry majors. The coupling of these two major service duties demands a substantial time commitment but, according to Chris, it enables him to be more effective in each role.

He also meets with scores of prospective students (and parents) throughout the year. Last year, more than 60 students interested in majoring in Chemistry visited with him.

Our students and our entire department are fortunate to have Chris Culbertson in place as our undergraduate advisor - well done, Chris!