The Murdock Trust is pleased to announce the creation of two annual awards: the Lynwood W. Swanson Scientific Research Award and the Lynwood W. Swanson Promise for Scientific Research Award as part of the Murdock College Science Research Program (MCSRP) and the Trust’s vision to “Support the Future of Undergraduate Research at Predominantly Undergraduate Institutions in the Pacific Northwest.”
The awards are open to invited nominations from private undergraduate institutions within the Pacific Northwest, encompassing Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. The “Swanson Award” is intended to recognize a senior faculty exemplar with an established, productive, and nationally recognized research program, while the “Swanson Promise Award” is aimed at recognizing a junior faculty who has demonstrated an exception potential in establishing an exemplary, productive, and sustainable research program. The latter award is intended to honor a junior professor with less than 10 years experience as a faculty member.
A panel of national experts evaluates the nominations, and the criteria for these awards are focused on research accomplishments that include the following.
- Discovery research accomplishments with national recognition
- Substantial engagement of undergraduate students
- Recognized leadership in developing and promoting research at undergraduate institutions
- Evidence of continuing growth in productive research
The awards honor the longtime work of Dr. Lynwood Swanson, who recently retired after serving as a Trustee at the Murdock Trust for 30 years. Dr. Swanson began his career as a professor at Linfield College, before moving his research to Oregon Graduate Institute. In 1971, he co-founded FEI, a world-leader in electron optics and focused ion beam technologies in scanning and transmission electron microscopies.
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Meet the 2019 Award Recipients:
2019 Lynwood W. Swanson Scientific Research Award:
Dr. Dean Waldow, Professor of Chemistry, Pacific Lutheran University
“For exemplary research in polymer chemistry with applications to real-world challenges and as an inspiring mentor to scores of undergraduate students for over 25 years.”
2019 Lynwood W. Swanson Promise for Scientific Research Award:
Dr. Alison Crocker, Assistant Professor of Physics, Reed College
“For researching the relationship between star formation and galaxy structure, and for directly involving undergraduate students in this work.”
Honorable Mentions for the Lynwood W. Swanson Scientific Research Award:
Dr. Daniel Burgard, Professor of Chemistry, University of Puget Sound
Dr. Emma Coddington, Associate Professor of Biology, Willamette University
Honorable Mention for the Lynwood W. Swanson Promise for Scientific Research Award:
Dr. Katja Mayer, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Willamette University