November 14, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Professor Diane Tucker, Ph.D., director of the UAB Science and Technology Honors Program, was one of four educators recognized by the National Collegiate Honors Council at its 43rd Annual Conference, Oct. 22-26 in San Antonio. Tucker was honored during the council's awards session "Celebration of Teaching Tributes."
The winners were selected by the Teaching and Learning Committee based on students' recommendations. Students from across the country nominated faculty members who exhibited best practices in honors education. Justin Chuang and Finn Perkins, students in the UAB Science and Technology Honors Program, paid tribute to Tucker during the ceremonies.
"Dr. Tucker is more than just a director within our program," said Perkins. "She is a teacher, mentor and a friend. We felt that this award was a great opportunity to share that."
Tucker was recognized along with faculty members from the University of Maine at Augusta, the University of New Mexico and Grayson County College.
Tucker has been the director of the UAB Science and Technology Honors Program since 2005. The program is designed for outstanding undergraduates who aspire to become developers of new knowledge in their scientific or technical discipline. It provides academic and experiential preparation for research through a series of seminars and laboratory courses.