Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Logo
Apply to SIUE


Annual Graduate School Symposium
Graduate School

2018 Paul Simon Award Luncheon

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center
* Attendance by invitation only

(RSVP's for the Luncheon are now closed)

Paul SimonThe annual Paul Simon Luncheon honors the Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Awardees, their achievements in research, and the integration of that research into their teaching and mentoring. The award is named for the famed Illinois politician, Paul Simon, who served the state in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975-1985 and in the U.S. Senate from 1985-1997. Senator Simon’s commitment to education and democratic participation serves as inspiration for the commitment to excellence in scholarship and mentorship that is embodied in the Paul Simon Award.

About the Award and Awardees

The SIUE Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award is presented to a faculty member in order to recognize the role of interdependence of research/scholarship and teaching. This highly competitive award confirms SIUE's belief that an individual must be a good scholar to be a good teacher. Winners of the Paul Simon award have demonstrated a significant contribution to their area of research or creative activity as well as a true commitment to the integration of that research with their teaching practices.

 

2017 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award Recipient

Presentations will acknowledge the 2017 Awardee Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt, Professor in the Department of English Language & Literature.

Photo K. Hildebrandt

Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt

Dr. Hildebrandt came to SIUE as an assistant professor in 2008. Since her arrival she has been a Principal Investigator (PI), Co-I, or Collaborator on 9 externally submitted proposals in which 3 were funded and 2 are under review in 2016. She also applied for 5 internal research grants which were all funded. This grant activity resulted in over $497,000 in externally funded grants and $51,000 in internal grants. Dr. Hildebrandt received SIUE’s first National Science Foundation CAREER Award which is both very competitive and highly prestigious. Her project along with SIUE collaborators “has re-imagined ways that languages, practices, and attitudes can be represented in atlas form by using free media tools.” Altogether, her research activities have led to 10 peer-reviewed journal publications, 9 chapters in edited, peer-reviewed books, one dictionary co-authored with SIUE faculty Dr. Jessica Krim, 18 national and international juried conference presentations, and 16 invited presentations on her SIUE research. Most notably, she is the Tibetan-Himalayan Library SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities and Arts Initiatives of Technical Humanities) creator of four audio-video archival collections: Gyalsumdo, Gurung, Manange, Nar-Phu.

Dr. Hildebrandt is currently leading two NSF sponsored collaborative research teams. The first collaborative team is documenting and archiving survivor experiences, responses, perspectives, and feelings about the 2015 earthquakes as they impacted the Mustang, Manang, and Gorkha regions of Nepal. The second collaborative team’s task is to document, archive, and describe aspects of the phonetics/phonology, lexicon, discourse patterns, and grammatical relations of four languages spoken in Manang District, Nepal. Beyond these two research teams, Dr. Hildebrandt co-founded and co-directs the Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship (IRIS) Center. She stated, “this space (IRIS Center) allowed me to work with student research assistants in a peer-like environment, where they could learn about cutting edge methods, tools, and issues in the humanities and social sciences.” Since the launch of the IRIS Center in 2010, she has mentored through the Center over 12 undergraduate students and 6 graduate students.

Hildebrandt truly encompasses a teacher-scholar model in her interactions with students and she finds the interconnection between research and teaching to be one of the most interesting and often fulfilling aspects of her job. Dr. Hildebrandt wrote, “When I began my appointment at SIUE, I was struck by the ways that faculty are encouraged and incentivized to not only bring their research into the classroom, but to also bring students to the research ‘laboratory,’ whatever the discipline may be, and whatever that laboratory may look like.”

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt, the 2017 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award recipient, on her remarkable achievements.

 

Dr. Cristina De Meo

Speech by Dr. Cristina De Meo

2016 Paul Simon Outstanding Teacher-Scholar Award Recipient

Dr. De Meo came to SIUE as an assistant professor in 2003. Since her arrival she has been a Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on 10 grant submissions, resulting in over $500,000 in externally funded grants and $9,306 in internal grants. Most currently, De Meo has submitted a $2.1 million NIH proposal, focused on her specialty of sialic acid containing oligosaccharides, with Dr.’s Demchenko (UMSL) and Stine. She has received 5 Summer Research Fellowships and a Research Corporation. Altogether, her research activities have led to 6 peer-reviewed journal publications, 10 seminars, and 19 conference presentations of SIUE research data. Most notably, she has been invited to speak at the Gordon Research Conference –June 2011 and June 2015 – as well as, the annual International sialic acid conference, SialoGlyco 2014, held in Gold Coast, Australia, where she also served as a session chair.

She was instrumental as a co-PI on an NSF Award through the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement program, resulting in funding which allowed for the purchase of an isothermal titration calorimeter, and experiments have been developed and implemented in upper-level chemistry laboratories. During this project 3 graduate students and 3 undergraduate students were personally trained to perform the experiments as teaching assistants. Another 60 undergraduate students were also trained to use the isothermal calorimetry.

In her thirteen years with SIUE, De Meo has trained 38 students: 25 undergraduate students and 13 graduate students. She has served as Chemistry Club Advisor (2008-2010); Student Assessment & Standards Committee Member (2012-2013); Curriculum Committee Member (2012-2014, as well as Curriculum Committee Chair in 2013.

De Meo espouses a teacher-scholar model in her interactions with students and she finds the interconnection between research and teaching to be one of the most interesting and often fulfilling aspects of her job. With the support of CAS, The Graduate School and the Department of Chemistry, almost all of De Meo’s students have had the opportunity to travel and present their research at conferences. Sixteen of her students have been credited in her 22 publications.

facebookoff twitteroff vineoff linkedinoff flickeroff instagramoff googleplusoff tumblroff socialoff