PRESIDENTIAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN 2013 - Biological Sciences
Associate Professor Derrick Brazill, Biological Sciences, has won a 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence for Full-Time Teaching.
A highly productive researcher who was one of six scientists nation-wide to win the highly prestigious Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, Derrick is also a highly-regarded teacher in the department's year-long cell biology sequence, receiving the highest teaching evaluations ever in that challenging sequence and among the highest in the department for any courses. As a leading advocate for undergraduate education and curricular innovation, he devotes a great deal of his time to mentoring students and is an active participant on the Pre-Health Committee that works with students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and the health professions. A recognized expert in curricular development in the sciences, he has served on the Mellon Curriculum Committee, the Curriculum Committee in Arts and Sciences, and the Senate's Undergraduate Course of Study Committee and the General Education Committee.
Derrick is the long-time program director of the NIH-funded MARC program (Minority Access to Research Careers), in which he works with undergraduates interested in pursuing graduate education in the laboratory sciences. For the past two years he has been working tirelessly with Professor Michael Steiper of Anthropology on the creation of an exciting new interdisciplinary major in Human Biology for Hunter undergraduates. Derrick also serves on the CUNY-wide Pathways subcommittee on Life and Physical Sciences, where his expertise on general education in the sciences is highly valued.
In his "spare time," Derrick mentors high school science teachers and high school students, including a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search, through such programs as the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Science Education grant, the Harlem Children Society Intensive Internship Program STEM, and Allied Sciences. In all ways: scholarship, teaching, and service, Derrick is a respected academic leader at Hunter and a passionate advocate for excellent science education.