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Belmonte Receives George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching

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Four Penn State University faculty members will receive the 2004 George W. Atherton Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The award recipients are Andrew Belmonte, assistant professor of mathematics, University Park campus; Roselyn Costantino, associate professor of Spanish and women’s studies, Altoona campus; Linda P. Miller, professor of English, Abington campus; and Michael D. Weiner, associate professor of mathematics, Altoona campus.

The award, named after Penn State’s seventh president, was established in 1989 as a continuation of the AMOCO Foundation Award. It honors excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level.

Belmonte is honored for his “seemingly unbounded” enthusiasm for teaching and his special talent for stimulating creative thought among his students. His peers have lauded Belmonte for bringing mathematics to life in the minds of students and giving them the chance to see the “expressive power of mathematics as a language for the physical sciences.”

In addition to teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses during his time at Penn State, Belmonte has developed two new courses: Mathematical Modeling for the Physical World and Mathematical Analysis of Fluid Flow. Belmonte also inaugurated the First-Year Seminar in Mathematics and has involved many undergraduate students in his laboratory research and summer undergraduate research programs.

These undergraduate research opportunities have even resulted in publications or national conference presentations for some students. His research guidance also extends to the graduate level, as he currently oversees two master-level students, three doctoral-level students and four postdoctoral researchers.

Belmonte began teaching at Penn State in 1998. He earned his B.A. in 1988 from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University, in 1991 and 1994, respectively.

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CONTACT:
Karen Zitomer
Department of Public Information
865-7517, kzitomer@psu.edu

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