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Sara Alpern Selected for 2017 Unterberger Award

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 honors education at Texas A&M. The 2017 recipient of the Unterberger Award is Dr. Sara Alpern.

Dr. Sara Alpern, 2017 Unterberger Award Recipient

Dr. Alpern earned her undergraduate degree in history and English at Western Reserve University, her M.A. in history from University of California at Los Angeles, and a Ph. D. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park.  A member of the Texas A&M History Department since 1977 she taught the first course in U.S. Women’s History in 1979 and helped develop a growing Women and Gender Studies Program.  Her publications within the fields of U.S. Women’s History and late 19th and 20th Century U.S. History include biographies, the history of women in business, the effects of woman suffrage and Jewish women in U. S. history.  In 1991 she became the first President of an officially recognized Women’s Faculty Network (WFN) of TAMU.  In 2016 she received the WFN’s Founder’s Award.  Alpern has also received many awards for her research and teaching including a Texas A&M University Distinguished Teaching.  In 2009 she was selected as one of 12 “Extraordinary Women Faculty” by the Aggie Women.

Dr. Alpern’s significant investment in Honors education at Texas A&M has spanned close to four decades. She served on the Honors Program Committee from 1979-1981 and again from 2004-2007. She was awarded Honors curriculum development grants in 1991, 1994, and 2004, and has taught Honors courses throughout her career ranging from survey history courses to upper-division courses in U.S. Women’s History and U.S. Business Women’s History. Dr. Alpern served as a faculty mentor for students completing Honors theses through the University Undergraduate Research Fellows program (a precursor to the Undergraduate Research Scholars program) in 2003-2004 and 2005-226. She was recognized with the Honors Teacher/Scholar Award in 2005-2006 for enhancing her teaching through her innovative scholarship. Dr. Alpern also helped establish the future of Honors education at Texas A&M by serving on the President’s Task Force on Enhancing the Undergraduate Experience – Subcommittee on Enhancing Honors Opportunities from 2005-2006, the report of which committee set the stage for the growth of Honors opportunities on campus over the last decade.

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Dr. Sarah Misemer Selected for 2016 Unterberger Award

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 2016 recipient of the Unterberger Award is Dr.Sarah Misemer.

Dr. Sarah Misemer 2016 Unterberger Award Recipient
Dr. Sarah Misemer 2016 Unterberger Award Recipient

LAUNCH: Honors extends a warm thank-you to Dr. Misemer for her contributions to Undergraduate Research and her support of students in the humanities! Dr. Misemer was recognized by Dr. Sumana Datta, executive director of LAUNCH, at the LAUNCH Recognition Ceremony in the MSC on Thursday, May 12th. Says Dr. Datta, “Dr. Misemer’s contributions to and support of Undergraduate Research as an administrator and her initiative in promoting and developing the Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholars program are changing the perceptions of how Humanities students can successfully experience these life-changing activities. Her care for our student’s well-being and their education is obvious and much appreciated.”

To see a list of previous recipients, visit the TAMU HUR Faculty Awards page.

Bio

Dr. Sarah M. Misemer is an associate professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies and the 2016 recipient of the Betty M. Unterberger Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Education, which celebrates a faculty member’s commitment to Undergraduate Research. In 2004, the Unterberger Award was created and presented to Dr. Unterberger in recognition of her many years of service and significant contribution to the growth and development of honors education at Texas A&M.

Dr. Misemer has impacted research in the humanities at Texas A&M by establishing the Glasscock Undergraduate Summer Scholars program. Through this program, a tenured faculty member leads a two-week seminar on a specific topic, and students in the seminar develop a research question to study under the faculty member’s mentorship during the following eight weeks. In this second half of the program, students engage in peer writing activities at the Glasscock Center and in writing studios custom-designed for the program by the University Writing Center. The final outcome is students’ public presentations of their written proposals for future research through the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. The faculty mentor meets with students every two weeks throughout the summer to guide the development of the project and then serves as the research advisor for students’ participation in the Undergraduate Research Scholars program the following year.

In addition to serving as the associate director of the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research, Dr. Misemer is the author of Secular Saints: Performing Frida Kahlo, Carlos Gardel, Eva Perón, and Selena (Tamesis, 2008) and Moving Forward, Looking Back: Trains, Literature, and the Arts in the River Plate (Bucknell UP, 2010). Her publications on contemporary River Plate, Mexican, Spanish, and Latino theater have appeared in the journals Latin American Theatre Review, Gestos, Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Languages, and Hispanic Poetry Review, among many others. Additionally, Dr. Misemer’s work with the Latin American Theatre Review includes serving as the editor of its book series and on the editorial board of its journal. She is the past president and vice president of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Dr. Misemer holds a PhD in Spanish from the University of Kansas and has been a professor at Texas A&M since 2004.

Dr. Chris Houser Selected for 2015 Unterberger Award

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.

Dr. Chris Houser, 2015 Unterberger Award Recipient
Dr. Chris Houser, 2015 Unterberger Award Recipient

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.

Bio
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.

 

Dr. Christopher Quick Selected for 2014 Unterberger Award

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.

2014 Unterberger Award Plaque
2014 Unterberger Award Plaque

The 2014 recipient of the Betty M. Unterberger Award is Dr. Christopher Quick.

To see a list of previous recipients, visit the TAMU HUR Faculty Awards page.

Dr. Suma Datta presents the 2014 Unterberger Award to Dr. Chris Quick
Dr. Suma Datta presents the 2014 Unterberger Award to Dr. Chris Quick

Bio
After earning a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering, Dr.

Dr. Christopher Quick, 2014 Unterberger Award recipient
Dr. Christopher Quick, 2014 Unterberger Award recipient

Christopher Quick made the unusual decision to pursue research in cardiovascular science and accept a faculty position in the  Department of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at Texas A&M University in 2002.

After failing repeatedly to find potential graduate students that were both interested and prepared to enter the esoteric field of computational physiology, he worked with faculty and students to turn his lab into an incubator for developing novel approaches to integrate research and education. The most successful approach so far has been the development of the “Research-Intensive Community” model. Pairing experienced students seeking leadership experience with a multidisciplinary team of students seeking research experience, he found that he could radically increase the number of research opportunities for undergraduates and lower the barriers to participation.

Dr. Quick applied this model to create the DeBakey Undergraduate Research Program in 2004, which has since steadily grown to create research opportunities for over 100 undergraduates per semester. To expand this team-based approach beyond the DeBakey Institute, he worked with faculty and the Office of Honors and Undergraduate Research to create the Aggie Research Scholar Program, which had over 140 participants in the summer of 2013.

Dr. Quick’s efforts to develop sustainable models that are effective, efficient, and scalable have been recognized by the award of four competitive education grants from the NIH and NSF and an Association of Former Students Distinguished Award in Teaching in 2014.