Melanie Veige Honored as Florida CourseShare Pioneer

Florida CourseShare Honorees

The Florida CourseShare award recognizes faculty for their willingness to support innovative collaboration across the State University System. Florida CourseShare faculty allow course materials that they created to be shared to Canvas Commons so that other instructors can adapt them for course development. Visit the Florida CourseShare page to learn more about this initiative.

• Contributed CHM1020 Chemistry for the Liberal Arts

Melanie Veige is a Senior Lecturer and Director of General Chemistry in the department of chemistry. She enjoys creating highly structured, engaging materials for largely introductory level chemistry courses. She has lately turned her skills to revising and iteratively updating the general chemistry lab manuals, both for residential students and for UF Online (boot camp).

Melanie Veige Launches CHM2045L Bootcamp for UF Online

“The Director of General Chemistry, Melanie Veige, has launched the inaugural CHM2045L bootcamp lab for UF Online students over Summer A 2019. Students first participate in a short online course, developed by Mrs. Veige and instructional designers from the Center for Online Innovation and Production. Students then attend lab in-person for two weeks to perform every lab activity from the regular CHM2045L course. In the General Chemistry lab, run by Donna Turner and Candace Biggerstaff, graduate students Diana Choi and Anthony Pastore meet with the students each day to shepherd them through lab activities. The course is the culmination of over a year of collaboration between the Department of Chemistry and UF Online, with input from the Statewide University System. The course is a unique and exciting opportunity for our online students to experience hands-on learning while they interact with instructors, teaching assistants, and fellow students. See the UF Online corresponding blog post here: 

Ashley Erb and Chris Brewer Received Graduate Teaching Awards

Ashley Erb is a second year graduate student in the Aponick group, who has been teaching in our CHM2211L lab course for two years. For Ashley, Organic Chemistry really energizes her and she strives to pass on this enthusiasm to her students. Ashley’s skills as an instructor have recently been recognized by both the Chemistry Department and the University of Florida, and she is a recipient of a 2018-2019 University of Florida Graduate Student Teaching Award.

Christopher Brewer has been honored as a recipient of the 2018 – 2019 UF Graduate Student Teaching Award.  This award is presented by the UF Graduate School and awardees are nominated by their department.  Chris is a fourth year graduate student in the McElwee-White group and has taught CHM1025 as instructor seven times over four years.  Chris has had the opportunity to share his passion for chemistry with over two thousand students during his time teaching at UF.  During lectures Chris incorporates numerous live chemistry demonstrations to foster excitement about learning.  Additionally, Chris coordinates and teaches an Honors Harry Potter-themed Potions Camp for incoming freshmen to the UF Honors Program.  To Chris, teaching others is a very rewarding part of his graduate career.

Graduate Student Teaching Awards Winner: Gabriel Short

Gabriel Short is the winner of this year’s Graduate Student Teaching Award in Chemistry. Each academic year, the UF Graduate School recognizes the best, brightest, and most industrious among UF’s graduate teaching assistants for their work as instructors in the classroom and laboratory. Gabriel is a 5th-year student in the Miller group and has worked as TA in the CHM2211L organic chemistry laboratory.

Dr. Ken Wagener receives Paul J. Flory Polymer Education Award

“Dr. Ken Wagener has been selected for the 2016�American Chemical Society�Polymer Division�Paul J. Flory Polymer Education Award. The award, which is presented to one polymer scientist in the nation every other year, recognizes extraordinary contributions to polymer science and engineering. Wagener also is being honored for outstanding achievements in promoting undergraduate and graduate polymer education. The award is named for distinguished American chemist Paul J. Flory, who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1974 for his research achievements in the physical chemistry of macromolecules.”

Professor Veige wins 2012 UF Outstanding Mentor of Undergraduate Research Award

“Congratulations to Professor Adam S. Veige on winning the 2012 UF Outstanding Mentor of Undergraduate Research Award. Professor Veige received the award on Sunday October 28th at the Swamp Symphony held at Flavet Field. The award was made in connection with the 2012 Homecoming Education Celebration. Since 1959, the event gives students an opportunity to nominate teachers and faculty who have had an outstanding impact on their academic career. Criteria for the award included a demonstrated history of 1) guiding students in planning for post-graduate research, 2) creating opportunities for students to do research, 3) mentoring students from diverse economic and social backgrounds, 4) actively encouraging students to publish their research, 5) coaching students in professional standards for presentation, and 6) educating students about grants and funding for research.”

Prof. Castellano, 2011 HHMI Science for Life Distinguished Mentor

“Ron Castellano, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry, has been named a 2011 HHMI Science for Life Distinguished Mentor. The award is given annually and honors excellence in undergraduate mentoring. Dr. Castellano was one of three UF faculty presented with the award at the Annual Spring Undergraduate Research Awards reception held March 28, 2011 at the UF President’s House. Ron joins a number of previous awardees from the Department of Chemistry including Jon Stewart (2006), Lisa McElwee-White (2007), Adrian Roitberg (2007), Gail Fanucci (2009), and Weihong Tan (2010). In addition to the title, Distinguished Mentor faculty receive $5,000 per year for two years to be spent at their discretion.”