LAWR Professors for the Future (PFTF) nominations for 2023-24

PFTF is a highly competitive, leadership-development program that provides outstanding Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scholars with an unparalleled opportunity to:

  • develop leadership prowess
  • efine problem-solving skills and
  • acquire an advanced understanding of the university system.

Applicates where selected based on a number of factors such as academic performance, leadership potential, the desire to serve the needs of your fellow scholars and interest in participating in the graduate and postdoctoral education process.

We would like congratulate the following individuals in being selected to the 2023-2024 Professors for the Future program. 

Andrew Curtright, Post Doc in the Horwath lab

Andrew proposes to start a project to increase the involvement of historically underrepresented groups of students in undergraduate research experiences by partnering with other campus groups/organization that serve those populations and communities. The rationale is to encourage individuals who may not have previously seen themselves as being involved in research to try out a short-duration research experience early on in their undergraduate career. This will make STEM research experiences more accessible and increase the DEI efforts of our department, college and university.

Raymond Sukhdeo, Graduate Student in the Ullrich lab

Ray is now finishing his third year of PhD study, with graduation expected in Spring 2024, and has focused on the meteorological drivers of drought and predictability of drought in the Northeastern U.S.  He has proposed a project that will improve the ability of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to effectively communicate with diverse student populations through a three-part series of combined lectures and workshops, with sessions on awareness of cultural sensitivities, inclusivity, and catering to different learning styles.  Ray aspires to be a professor of atmospheric science, with a particular interest in teaching underserved populations.

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