The Academic Scholar Award recognizes a member of the academic community who has demonstrated excellence in research, inquiry, and/or scholarship. Ferris State University embraces a broad definition of scholarship that is aligned with those associated with the Boyer Model of Scholarship, including emphasis on discovery, integration, application and teaching.
In 2012, Kim Colvert was named the first recipient of this prestigious award.
Colvert spends her summers, and has spent several sabbatical leaves, conducting collaborative research at the University of Kansas. Her application of this research provides Ferris students with the opportunity to conduct new research experiments in her biochemistry and biology lab courses. The results of her research have been presented in peer reviewed journals and at international conferences including the 15th International Congress on Photosynthesis in Beijing, China. Her personal experience and contemporary insight into academic research makes her a valuable mentor for Ferris students, and she has served as a mentor to more than twenty Ferris undergraduates in independent study projects that have come directly out of her own research work.
Colvert is a professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. She joined Ferris State University’s Physical Sciences Department as an assistant professor in 1988.
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