FELLOW OF THE YEAR - 2011-2012

 

Dr. Crystal Patil

Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology

Crystal Patil is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She received her PhD from the Ohio State University and has been teaching and mentoring UIC students since 2007. She teaches introductory and advanced courses on medical anthropology, including courses on World Cultures, Nutritional Anthropology, Women's Health, Culture, Medicine & Society and Violence. Her scholarship, funded by numerous funding agencies, focuses on global health initiatives aimed at improving health in Eastern and South Africa (Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and South Africa) and in the United States. Dr. Patil is also the coordinator of the Anthropology and Global Health (AGH) Program.

Professor Patil was nominated as Fellow of the Year by four of her advisees. Biology major and Anthropology minor, Dylon Busser, describes her as dedicated to helping him make the most of his academic career and an incredible mentor who goes above and beyond. In his words, "She has taken me under her wing and challenged me to think critically about my future in conversations I will never forget."

Rebekah Ciribassi, who was in the Anthropology and Global Health program, explains that if it were not for Dr. Patil's one-on-one rapport, Rebekah could not have considered a future in the field. As part of a team Dr. Patil founded to study Sickle Cell disease at the UIC hospital, Rebekah received a unique and indispensible experience with collaborative, urban health research. Rebekah notes, "I have never heard her say 'no' to any student or colleague when asked for help, and I hope that the Honors College Fellow of the Year Award will be a small way to show our deep gratitude for her support and mentorship."

FELLOW OF THE YEAR - 2010-2011

 

Cheryl Nakata

Professor of Marketing & International Business in the Department of Managerial Studies

Cheryl Nakata is Professor of Marketing & International Business in the Department of Managerial Studies in the College of Business Administration. She teaches global marketing, international business, and social marketing to undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students. Her research focuses on the intersection of culture, innovation, technology, marketing, and social issues in the global setting. Among her recent research projects are studies on poverty alleviation through business innovation. She serves on four editorial boards, and has received both teaching and research awards. She earned her master’s of management degree from Northwestern University, and her doctorate degree from UIC. She serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Product Development Management Association, the leading global organization devoted to advancing innovation theory and practice with members in forty countries.

Marketing major Otilia Flandro, who nominated Professor Nakata for this honor, describes her mentor as a “catalyst”: a great source of inspiration and a “person who makes things happen.” During her first semester as a transfer student at UIC, Otilia became involved as an undergraduate research assistant in Professor Nakata’s research on innovation in the wine industry, work that ultimately led to Otilia’s own Honors Capstone Project on the wine industry in Romania. Otilia writes: “Thanks to professor Nakata, I feel empowered to accomplish whatever I desire… She helped me to gain the confidence to overcome any internal or external glass ceiling. I wish that maybe one day I will be able to return the wonderful inspiration and encouragement that I have received from Professor Nakata. She is genuinely dedicated to seeing her students succeed. I can only hope that every UIC student meets someone like Professor Nakata."

FELLOW OF THE YEAR - 2009-2010

 

Dr. Mary Louise Bareither

Director of Undergraduate Studies and Clinical Professor in the Department
of Kinesiology and Nutrition.

Dr. Bareither teaches human anatomy to undergraduate students in
kinesiology, nutrition, and pre-health programs. Her research involves
studying the role of exercise in maintaining bone health and in the
evaluation and improvement of the pedagogical processes used in
undergraduate science education.

As one of her nominators explained, "Dr. Bareither's door is always open and
she is always willing to help a student in need of some help. Dr. Bareither
puts in so much hard work and effort to make sure that all the
undergraduates in our department are successful at accomplishing our goals;
and because of this, most of us are!" Another recommender concurs: "Not only
does she mentor her official HC mentees, but Dr. Bareither goes beyond and
mentors other students that are and are not affiliated with the HC."

The students at UIC are truly part of her life's work. A good mentor
benefits students in so many different ways, in so many seemingly
insignificant places, and thereby shapes the course of their future lives.
Dr. Bareither's influence works to steer her students in the right
direction.

 

FELLOW OF THE YEAR- 2008-2009

 

Dr. Robert E. Gaensslen

 

Director and Professor of Graduate Studies for Forensic Science and Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Gaensslen tries his best to motivate his students and impress upon them the importance of good Forensic scientists. "The work you are going to do in forensic science is extremely important. It can mean incarceration or freedom to someone accused in a criminal matter. We need to help insure that our science serves the interests of justice in a fair and unbiased way. Nothing we could do in life has more significance."

FELLOW OF THE YEAR - 2007-2008

Dr. Rhonna L. Cohen

Dentistry

As a scientist and teacher who has a clinical degree in dentistry and a PhD in experimental pathology, I am particularly interested in understanding how normal regulation of homeostasis is altered in disease. My research focuses on the relationships and interactions of the immune system with the skin (e.g., wound healing) and of the immune system with the nervous system (e.g., stress-induced depression of immunity including anti-tumor immunity. I enjoy interacting with students. I teach cell biology in the context of human pathophysiology and have designed and teach a course for dental undergraduates that introduces them to the process of research and gives them some hands-on experience with research design. In the lab, I have directly mentored or informally mentored students who are doing or considering research careers.

FELLOW OF THE YEAR - 2006-2007

 

Dr. Lorna K. Finnegan

Department of Public Health, Mental Health, and Administrative Nursing.

Dr. Lorna Finnegan was named the Honors College 2006-2007 Fellow of the Year based on nominations made by three of her students. Megan Dorsey wrote, "Dr. Finnegan provided opportunities for me and other nursing students that culminated in our presentation at the UIC College of Nursing Research Day... I gained a mentor that I believe I will stay in touch with for a long time after I graduate." Arpita Patel added "Dr. Finnegan is a brilliant mentor who sees potential in her students, then helps them enhance their personal, educational, and occupational experiences... Her ability to understand her students and share her knowledge made being a part of the Honors College worth all the hard work." And Vilija Geleziute remarked "...I would never have had a chance to participate in so many events if Dr. Finnegan had not encouraged or nominated me. She made a huge difference in my college experience. She is a great mentor and advisor who deserves to be recognized for all her hard work and attentiveness to students."

FELLOW OF THE YEAR - 2005-2006 Honors student Alaine Kalder & Barbara Oudekerk engage in discussion with Dr. Bette Bottoms, Fellow of the Year.

 

Dr. Bette Bottoms

Bette Bottoms received her doctorate in psychology from SUNY Buffalo, before joining the UIC psychology department in 1992. Her research interests include the interface of psychology and law, and she has focused much of her research on children in the legal system, both as victims and witnesses. She is active in community education as well, teaching law enforcement how to work with child victims.

An Honors College Fellow since January 2005, Dr. Bottoms has a long history of working with Honors Students, “I have worked with Honors College students in my research laboratory every year that I have been here since 1992. It's been a wonderful experience to work with such bright, dedicated students. I put off becoming an Honors Fellow for many years because I didn't think I had the time, but became one anyway, and have been very pleased with the experience.”

Dr. Bottoms is also currently the Dean of the Honors College, a position she has held since November of 2009.

FELLOW OF THE YEAR - 2004-2005 Dr. Paul Malchow

 

Dr. Paul Malchow

Dr. Malchow is not only a great professor and research adviser, but he is also one of the greatest persons I have ever met. In my view, he's done more for students than any single department. He truly deserves to be recognized as Fellow of the Year.














 

FELLOW OF THE YEAR - 2003-2004 Dr. Mrinalini "Meena" Rao

Dr. Rao is simply an amazing woman. She has proven herself to be a productive member of the UIC community, and yet she still finds the time to be a good Honors College Fellow for her students.












                                                                                


 

FELLOW OF THE YEAR - 2002-2003  Dr. Donald Chambers

Dr. Donald Chambers

Dr. Chambers has not only proved to be an excellent Honors College Advisor, but more importantly, a friend and confidant. His guidance has really helped me rise to be a more intellectually confident and socially responsible individual.