For the first time this year, UW-Madison has presented awards for mentoring undergraduate students in research, scholarly, and creative activities. Professor Claude Woods is among the recipients of the awards, which were presented at the Undergraduate Symposium in April.
The Office of the Provost sponsors the new awards to recognize members of the faculty, academic staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students for their excellence in mentoring and commitment to undergraduate learning. Woods was nominated and selected as the award recipient for the physical sciences division.
In his nomination letter, Joshua Shutter, an undergraduate researcher in the McMahon/Woods groups, says, “The high level of support from Claude is quite motivating. He is always supportive and available and still gives me the autonomy to grow as an independent thinker and researcher.”
Shutter graduates this May having worked with Woods for four years. As he pursues further studies at Cambridge University on a Churchill Scholarship, Shutter believes “Claude’s influence will undoubtedly continue to inspire and motivate me.”