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Recognition and Awards

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics faculty members are committed to excellence in teaching, research and service. They have garnered recognition for their work from international and national organizations as well as from the University of Houston and NSM. A sampling of their honors appears under the following categories:

Academy Members
Name & PositionOrganization
C.W. Paul Chu
T.L.L. Temple Foundation Chair in Science, Physics
National Academy of Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Engineering, Academia Sinica, Third World Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Inventors Charter Fellow
John Dewey
Distinguished Research Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
National Academy of Sciences
Roland Glowinski
Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mathematics
French National Academy of Technology, French National Order of the Academic Palms
Jan-Åke Gustafsson
Cullen Distinguished Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Foreign Honorary Member U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Foreign Member Finnish Scientific Society, International Member American Philosophical Society, Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Foreign Honorary Member American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Swedish Academy of Sciences
Yuri Kuznetsov
M.D. Anderson Professor of Mathematics
Russian Academy of Sciences
Zhifeng Ren
M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Physics
National Academy of Inventors
National, International and State Honors
Name & DepartmentAward
2014
Kevin Burke
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Arthur Holmes Medal & Honorary Membership European Geosciences Union
Suncica Canic
Mathematics
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
American Chemical Society Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award
George Fox
Biology and Biochemistry
International Society for the Study of the Origin of Life Fellow
Yuliya Gorb
Mathematics
National Science Foundation Career Award
Jeremy May
Chemistry
National Science Foundation Career Award
Zhifeng Ren
Physics
Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas
2013
Margaret Cheung
Physics
American Physical Society Fellow
Timothy Cooper
Biology and Biochemistry
National Science Foundation Career Award
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
The Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award in Chemical Research
Roland Glowinski
Mathematics
American Mathematical Society Fellow
Ognjen Miljanic
Chemistry
Cottrell Scholar Award
Jeff Morgan
Mathematics
Piper Professor
Daniel Onofrei
Mathematics
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program Grant
Don Van Nieuwenhuise
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Public Service Award
2012
Simon Bott
Chemistry
Piper Professor
Eric Bittner
Chemistry
Fulbright Scholar
Karl M. Kadish
Chemistry
Hans Fischer Career Award in Porphyrin Chemistry
Ognjen Miljanic
Chemistry
National Science Foundation Career Award
Angela Moeller
Chemistry
National Science Foundation Career Award
Jingmei Qiu
Mathematics
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program Grant
Lisa Whitehead
Physics
Department of Energy Early Career Research Award
2011
Rigoberto Advincula
Chemistry
American Chemical Society (ACS) Polymer Division Fellow
Rigoberto Advincula
Chemistry
American Chemical Society (ACS) Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Division Fellow
Dan Graur
Chemistry
Humboldt Research Award
Vassiliy Lubchenko
Chemistry
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
Mamie Moy
Chemistry
American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences
2010
Rigoberto Advincula
Chemistry
American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow
Stuart Dryer
Biology and Biochemistry
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Edgar Gabriel
Computer Science
National Science Foundation Career Award
Jan-Åke Gustafsson
Biology and Biochemistry
Fernström Foundation's Nordic Prize
Vassiliy Lubchenko
Chemistry
National Science Foundation Career Award
Ognjen Miljanic
Chemistry
American Chemical Society (ACS) Great Houston Section Younger Chemist Award
Mamie Moy
Chemistry
American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellow
Carlos Ordóñez
Physics
American Physical Society John Wheatley Award
Steven Pennings
Biology and Biochemistry
Society of Wetland Scientists Merit Award
Arthur B. Weglein
Physics
Reginald Fessenden Award
2008
John Dewey
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Honorary Member Royal Irish Academy
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Demetrio Labate
Mathematics
National Science Foundation Career Award
Vassiliy Lubchenko
Chemistry
Beckman Young Investigator Award
B. Montgomery Pettitt
Chemistry
Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science
Jolante Van Wijk
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
International Lithosphere Program Flinn-Hart Award
2007
Kevin Burke
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Geological Society of America Penrose Award
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
National Science Foundation Career Award
Aibing Li
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
National Science Foundation Career Award
2006
Janok Bhattacharya
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator
Eric Bittner
Chemistry
John Simon Guggenheim Fellow
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
Synlett and Synthesis Journal Awardee
John Dewey
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Geological Society of America Structure and Tectonics Career Contributor Award
Kristopher Innanen
Physics
Society of Exploration Geophysicists J. Clarence Karcher Award
Rong Zheng
Computer Science
National Science Foundation Career Award
University Recognition
Name & DepartmentAward
2014
Steven Baldelli
Chemistry
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Associate Professor
Paige Evans, Maria Benzon, Perri Segura and Leah McAlister-Shields
Mathematics, teachHOUSTON Program
Teaching Excellence – Group Teaching Award
Rebecca George
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence – Instructor/Clinical
Shuhab Khan
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Teaching Excellence Award
Barry Lefer
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Teaching Excellence – Provost’s Core
Ognjen Miljanić
Chemistry
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Assistant Professor
William Ott
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award
Robert Stewart
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Teaching Excellence Award
Randy Thummel
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Career Award
Cecilia Williams
Biology and Biochemistry
Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award – Pre-Tenure
Jokūbas Žiburkus
Biology and Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award
2013
Paige K. Evans
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence – Instructor/Clinical
Rakesh Verma
Computer Science
Lifetime Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Chad M. Wayne
Biology and Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence – Instructor/Clinical
Chang H. Yun, Jose Baez-Francheschi, Zhigang Deng and Olin Johnson
Computer Science, Interactive Game Development Program
Teaching Excellence – Group Teaching Award
2012
Pam Balthazar
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical
Margaret Cheung
Physics
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Assistant Professor
Tim Cooper
Biology and Biochemistry
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Assistant Professor
Tim Cooper
Biology and Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award
Ed Hungerford
Physics
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Professor
Kresimir Josic
Mathematics
Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Associate Professor
Jeremy A. May
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Award
Ognjen Miljanic
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Innovation in Instructional Technology
Jeff Morgan
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award – Community Engagement
Donna L. Pattison
Biology and Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical
Lawrence R. Williams
Biology and Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award – Instructor/Clinical
2011
Simon Bott
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Award Instructor/Clinical Award
Michael Murphy
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Teaching Excellence Award Provost Core Award
Donna Stokes
Physics
Provost Faculty Advising Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising
Dan Wells
Biology and Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award Career Award
2010
Rigoberto Advincula
Chemistry
Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Mary Bean
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Award: Instructor/Clinical
Olaf Daugulis
Chemistry
Teaching Excellence Award
Bill Dupre
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Provost Faculty Advising Award
Rong Zheng
Computer Science
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
2009
Olafs Daugulis
Chemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Rebecca Forest
Physics
Teaching Excellence Award
Arnold Guloy Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
P. Shiv Halasyamani
Chemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
2008
James Benbrook
Physics
Provost's Core Teaching Excellence Award
Eric Bittner
Chemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Simon Bott
Chemistry
Provost Faculty Advising Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
William Dupré
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Provost's Core Teaching Excellence Award
Virginia Leigh Hollyer
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award: Instructor/Clinical
Vern Paulsen
Mathematics
Teaching Excellence Award
2007
Rigoberto Advincula
Chemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Steven Baldelli
Chemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Peter Copeland
Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Provost's Core Teaching Excellence Award
Jaspal Subhlok
Computer Science
Innovation in Instructional Technology Award
2006
Costa Colbert
Biology and Biochemistry
Teaching Excellence Award, Tenure or Tenure Track
Stuart Dryer
Biology and Biochemistry
Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
Craig Larson
Mathematics
Non-tenure Teaching Excellence Award
T. Randall Lee
Chemistry
Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Lawrence Williams
Biology and Biochemistry
George Magner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics John C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award
NameDepartment
2014
Ann Cheek Biology and Biochemistry
Ognjen Miljanic Chemistry
2013
Simon Bott Chemistry
Rob Stewart Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
2012
Peter Copeland Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Rebecca Forrest Physics
2011
Anne Delcour Biology and Biochemistry
Shishir Shah Computer Science
2010
Michael Murphy Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
2009
Gemunu Gunaratne Physics
2008
Thomas Lapen Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
2007
William Dupre Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Randolph Thummel Chemistry
2006
Shiao-Chun Tu Biology and Biochemistry