The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that Lance White has been named the recipient of the George Gilbert Pond Award for Excellence in Support of Undergraduate Education.
The Pond Award recognizes staff within the Department of Chemistry who have made it their focus to contribute and improve the department by acting as a role model for others, exceeding expectations in their day-to-day work, and showing exemplary dedication to undergraduate education.
“I work with so many amazing people here in undergraduate education. I was pleasantly surprised and extremely grateful to receive this award,” says White.
White is responsible for undergraduate lab and lecture preparation, including preparing experiments and equipment for the undergraduate chemistry labs. Nominators noted that White goes above and beyond to ensure that labs run smoothly and especially goes out of his way to provide support to new teaching assistants and others who are new to the department. Department members also added that his friendly and helpful attitude makes a big impact on the atmosphere of the undergraduate program.
As one nominator commented, “I believe that Lance does an incredible job of making the undergraduate chemistry labs run smoothly. Not only does he provide equipment for one of the most populated classes on campus, but he is responsible for working late hours and close to holidays to ensure that TAs can solve problems that occur during labs and receive adequate training before students' classes begin.”
Department Head Phil Bevilacqua added, “We appreciate all that Lance has done for helping make our undergraduate labs run smoothly.”
Lance White will be formally recognized during a department reception in December.