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Biology Professor Receives Granskou Award

Dr. Carrie Hall, assistant biology professor, has been awarded the 2013 Granskou award. The grant goes to support the career goals of either a member of the Augustana faculty or administration.

Hall applied for the award in order to attend the Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Summer Leadership Institute to learn about improving STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational opportunities in undergraduate programs and strengthen skills in order to be an effective on-campus leader.

According to Hall, attending a conference like this is important for the advancement of the College.

“These are exciting times for STEM education and Augustana College, with discoveries informing all areas of study, from breakthroughs in genomics research to a deeper understanding of the consequences of global climate change,” said Hall. “With a clearly articulated shared vision, strong leadership, and careful implementation, I hope to help lead us into, through, and beyond the conception of the new science center to a comprehensive, cutting-edge actualization of STEM education and research on the Augustana College campus.”

Hall will travel to Crestone, Colo., later this summer to attend the week-long educational conference.

Hall recently completed her second academic year at the College, coming to Augustana after finishing her doctorate from Idaho State University in Biological Sciences. She teaches introductory biology, biology and human concerns and science teaching methods courses.

“The Granskou Committee commends Dr. Carrie Hall for her willingness to take on leadership responsibilities relating to STEM education,” said Brenda Murtha, Director of Financial Aid and Granskou Committee Chair. “We believe her involvement in the STEM Leadership program will have far-reaching effects for our faculty and students at Augustana."

Past recipients of the award include Dr. William Swart (Sociology), Shelly Gardner (Business), Deb Hagemeier (Library) and Peggy Kapusta (Advancement).

The award was started by alumni and named in honor of Rev. Dr. Clemens M. Granskou, Augustana's 14th president. Recipients must plan to use the funds in a manner that will positively influence Augustana College.

Kristina Johnson '13