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Karen Stump awarded regional 2002 Responsible Care® Catalyst Award

photo of Karen StumpKaren Stump has been awarded the regional 2002 Responsible Care® Catalyst Award by the American Chemistry Council honoring teaching excellence among college and university chemistry faculty. The award recognizes her extraordinary commitment to and accomplishments in teaching, curriculum development, laboratory design, safety training, mentoring, and outreach to K–12 science teachers and students. The award will be presented Thursday, April 25.

As Principal Lecturer, Director of Laboratories, and most recently Director of Undergraduate Studies in Chemistry, Karen Stump has established a reputation for tireless effort on behalf of students. Students praise her innovative and ambitious Introduction to Chemical Analysis laboratory course. As a mentor, she has supported dozens of students each year in pursuing their academic and professional goals. Her expertise in laboratory education and design has been invaluable as she has been at the heart of the design of the university's $26 million Undergraduate Science Laboratories for more than a decade. She was also the 1992 recipient of the Julius Ashkin Award for excellence in teaching in the Mellon College of Science.

Karen's dedication and educational leadership extends to a wide variety of outreach programs, including the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences, the long-standing Westinghouse Science and Math Program for minority high school students, and the state-wide Integrated Mathematics and Science Teaching program to develop standards-based science curriculum with K–12 teachers. In 1999 she became on-site Director of the Governor's Institute for Physical Science Educators, a two-week institute hosting 50 teachers per year. This reception honors Karen's exceptional talent; she has been a major force in the lives of students at Carnegie Mellon and in science education across our region.

The Responsible Care® Catalyst Awards program recognizes outstanding teachers at all educational levels, with one national and one regional award at each level. Karen Stump's award includes a medal, a citation, and $2,500. The money will be used to buy equipment for a new outreach lab and for a new forensic chemistry workshop.

April 2002