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Stanford Report, June 18, 1997

Fraga, Zare receive Cox Medal for fostering undergraduate research

Luis R. Fraga, associate professor of political science, and Richard N. Zare, the Marguerite Blake Wilbur Professor of Chemistry, were presented with the 1997 Allan V. Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence Fostering Undergraduate Research by John Shoven, dean of humanities and sciences, at ceremonies June 14.

Fraga was cited "for sparking students' interest in research so that they become active participants in their own education and for constantly demanding the best of them in a way which is kind, caring, and guaranteed to win their trust; for instilling confidence in honors thesis writers as they go through the rougher spots of researching and writing; for his infectious dedication to the ideas of service-learning and for pushing students to apply academic research to real life situations that affect people and entire communities."

Zare was cited "for involving undergraduates in cutting-edge research and allowing them to conduct challenging work which truly advances the frontiers of science; for inspirational mentorship which has led his students to scientific distinction of their own; for creating Chemistry 32, a high-level introductory laboratory research course which challenges and delights Stanford's brightest and ablest aspiring young scientists."

The Cox Medal is awarded annually to the faculty member who has established a record of excellence directing undergraduate research over a number of years. It may also go to a faculty member who has done an especially outstanding job with just one or two undergraduates whose work is unusually superior.

The Cox award was established in memory of Allan Cox, a professor of geophysics and dean of the School of Earth Sciences. He is widely known as the co-discoverer of magnetic field reversals.

In addition to the citation and engraved bronze medal, Fraga and Zare each received a cash prize.

Previous recipients of the Cox Medal include Carolyn Lougee, history; James Collman, chemistry; the late William Fairbank, physics; Kennell Jackson, history; Frank Wolak, economics; Ward Watt, biological sciences; Anne Fernald, psychology; Terry Karl, political science; David Epel, biological sciences; and James L. Gibbs Jr., anthropology. SR