Olive Beatrice Stanton Award for Teaching Excellence

posted 31 May 2010

Congratulations to Elena Smirnova, Chemistry, the 2010 winner of the Olive Beatrice Stanton Award!

Recognized by students for her dedication to their success and her passion for her subject matter, Dr. Elena Smirnova encourages and inspires her students to achieve.  Dr. Smirnova’s students describe her as being “outstanding” and “excellent.”  One student summed up the thoughts of many by saying:  “I’ve honestly never had such an amazing professor.  She is, without a doubt, the most friendly professor out there.”  Another praised Dr. Smirnova for her obvious love of teaching and her students.  “She goes out of her way to offer extra assistance to her students.  She is a professor who captures your attention during lectures and truly enjoys teaching.”  Dr. Smirnova earned a Ph.D. in chemistry at Moscow Lomonosov State University.  She focuses her teaching and research on inorganic and analytical chemistry.  Her teaching excellence has been recognized in the past with a number of awards, including the University 1 Excellence in Teaching Award and the Science Students’ Association Teacher Recognition awards, in 2004/05, and again, this year, in 2009/10

First offered in 1968, the Olive Beatrice Stanton Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented annually at May convocation to an outstanding teacher.