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Carol Easley Denny Award goes to two professors

Professors Kaye Smith (far left) and Eric Agrimson (far right) with students following a high altitude balloon launch.
Professors Kaye Smith (far left) and Eric Agrimson (far right) with students following a high altitude balloon launch.
Photo by Ashley de los Reyes '15.

Erick Agrimson, associate professor, and Kaye Smith, assistant professor, in St. Kate's Department of Mathematics and Physics received the Carol Easley Denny Award, an internal award for excellence in teaching, research and community service.

The award will fund their research projects with students on high-altitude ballooning.

"​Professors Agrimson and Smith are ​wonderful ​examples of the excellence in teaching and commitment to students that our faculty is known for," said Colleen Hegranes, Executive Vice-President and Provost."We are grateful to the Denny family for their ​long-time​ commitment to faculty development at St. Catherine University."

Collaborative research projects that students have completed with both professors are also among the 27 from St. Kate's accepted to the 2015 National Council on Undergraduate Research conference in April.

About the award

The Carol Easley Denny Award provides funds up to $20,000 a year for projects that contribute to excellence in teaching, research and community service.

The award supports scholarly work in the faculty member's discipline including publishing research results and/or other works, and sabbatical leave for curriculum development or research purposes. The award is also designed to encourage interdisciplinary study that will revitalize the professor's discipline and/or the University's curriculum or to enable a faculty member to complete academic studies for a terminal degree.

More about physics at St. Kate's

"Physics students launch high altitude balloon"

"Physics professor presents research on Viking chess at national conference"

Feb. 6, 2015 by Julie Michener

See also: Faculty, STEM, Students