Watson receives award for dedication to student success

Rachel Watson has been a UW faculty member since 2001.
Rachel Watson has been a UW faculty member since 2001.

Rachel Watson, an associate lecturer in the Department of Molecular Biology, was named one of two recipients of the University of Wyoming’ James C. Hurst Each Student-A Person Award.

Charles Angevine, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, also received the honor.

UW’s parent organization, Cowboy Parents, established the award to recognize members of UW’s faculty or staff who “go above and beyond their normal responsibilities to personalize the student experience and who create a warm and caring environment for students.”

The award honors James C. Hurst, UW’s vice president for student affairs from 1981-2000, who is remembered for his warm and caring demeanor, his wisdom and his dedication to student success.

A first-year student described how Watson “goes above and beyond the call of duty to personalize the classroom experience for every student.”

“On the first day of class, she asks every student to put their names and the things they love on a note card. By the next week, she has everything memorized and uses each student’s individual interests to relate to microbiology and current research topics in the field and in the classroom,” the student wrote. “She inspires me to not only learn the material, but to also apply it to everything in the world around me.”

Other nominees from the college were Jeff Beck, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management; Dannele Peck, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Axel Garcia, Department of Plant Sciences.

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