In 2004, the Betty M. Unterberger Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education was created and presented to Dr. Unterberger in recognition of her many years of service and significant contribution to the growth and development of high-impact education at Texas A&M.
The 2015 recipient of the Unterberger Award is Dr. Chris Houser.
Honors and Undergraduate Research would like to thank Dr. Chris Houser for his dedication to undergraduate research and Honors programming within the College of Geosciences. Dr. Houser has been instrumental in pushing forward a number of important initiatives in the College of Geosciences including the zero-credit-hour 491 option to enable tracking of undergraduate research experiences. Dr. Houser has also been the force behind the newly approved College of Geoscience Honors Program and the Honors Programs in Geography and GIST. These opportunities will enrich the educational accomplishments of many students and help us meet the Aggies Commit challenge.
Chris Houser is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Faculty Affairs in the College of Geosciences and is responsible for increasing the number and diversity of High Impact experiences in the college with a focus on undergraduate research.
Dr. Houser is also Texas A&M University’s Global Faculty Ambassador through the Global Programs Office and responsible for the development of sustainable undergraduate education and research programs at the Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica. He has also been the Director of an interdisciplinary Research Experiences for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation to close the water budget of a small watershed at the Soltis Center for Research and Education involving 10 undergraduate students per year mentored by 12 faculty from 5 departments and 3 colleges.
Through his interests in coastal geomorphology, tropical ecohydrology, and undergraduate education Dr. Houser has provided outstanding domestic and international undergraduate research opportunities for a large number of students, many of whom have continued on to graduate school.
Thank you, Dr. Houser, for your dedication to enhancing the undergraduate experience at Texas A&M! We will be presenting the Unterberger Award to Dr. Houser at the HUR Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 14, 2015. To see a list of previous recipients, visit the TAMU HUR Faculty Awards page.