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 2018 Award Recipients:
2018 Lynwood W. Swanson Scientific Research Award:
Dr. Kraig A. Wheeler, Hugh W. Johnston Professor of Chemistry, Whitworth University
“For research and innovation in applied crystallography, national leadership in undergraduate faculty-student collaborative research and inter-institutional science collaboration, and mentoring of future scientists.”
2018 Lynwood W. Swanson Promise for Scientific Research Award:
Dr. Moira I. Gresham, Associate Professor of Physics, Whitman College
“For her influential work in theoretical particle physics and cosmology alongside her dedication to teaching and mentoring undergraduates.”
Receiving the 2018 Swanson Award honorable mention:
- Dr. Andreas Madlung, William L. McCormick Professor of Biology at the University of Puget Sound
- Dr. Louis Kuo, Professor of Chemistry at Lewis and Clark College
- Dr. Douglas Juers, Professor of Physics at Whitman College
Receiving the 2018 Swanson Promise Award honorable mention:
- Dr. David Latimer, Associate Professor of Physics at University of Puget Sound