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EECS Faculty and Students Recognized in Chancellor’s Honors

EECS faculty and students were among those recognized in the 2020 Chancellor’s Honors. The Chancellor’s Honors Banquet is held each spring to recognize students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University of Tennessee for their extraordinary achievements. While we were unable to hold the 2020 banquet and awards had to be presented remotely, we celebrate the accomplishments of our most recent honorees. Congratulations to all of the honorees! Read the full list here.

Faculty Awards

Excellence in Teaching: Max Schuchard
This honor is bestowed by the Office of the Chancellor and the Teaching Council of the Faculty Senate to honor outstanding work in the classroom.

Undergraduate student Savannah Norem has taken two classes with Schuchard, and she said, “Max’s courses are what inspired me to do undergraduate research and ultimately to get my masters degree. Max’s passion for teaching is evident in everything he does, and I couldn’t have asked for a better professor, adviser, and role model.” Ph.D. student Jared Smith has had four classes with Schuchard. “Max cares as much about educating the future generation of computer science students as he does the success of his research efforts,” Jared said. “While it is easy for a professor to focus more on their research than the courses they teach, Max is a paragon for doing both with 150% effort.”

Research and Creative Achievement—Professional Promise: Daniel Costinett
This award honors faculty members who are early in their careers for excellence in research, scholarship, and creative achievement.

Graduate & Undergraduate Student Awards

2020 Extraordinary Professional Promise
Extraordinary Professional Promise honors are awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate professional promise in teaching, research, or other contributions.

  • Chandler Bauder
  • Xianda Deng
  • Yan Du
  • Wei Feng
  • Farnaz Foroughian
  • Handong Gui
  • Shahram Hesari
  • Chengcheng Li
  • Samaneh Morovati
  • Clara Nguyen
  • Kellen Oleksak
  • Farshid Tamjid

Undergraduate Student Awards

Undergraduate Researcher of the Year: Alec Yen
The Undergraduate Researcher of the Year award honors a junior or senior who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate research through independent inquiry, classes, and student employment.

2020 Extraordinary Academic Achievement
Extraordinary Academic Achievement honors are awarded to undergraduates who exhibit extraordinary scholarship.

  • Katelyn Bolinsky
  • Gary Burns
  • Alec Yen

2020 Top Collegiate Scholars
The Top Collegiate Scholar Awards honor undergraduates who exhibit extraordinary scholarship.

  • Sean Toll
  • Alec Yen

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