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06/14/94

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Karl wins Cox Medal for fostering undergraduate research

STANFORD --Terry L. Karl, associate professor of political science and director of Stanford's Center for Latin American Studies, was presented with the 1994 Allan V. Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research on Saturday, June 11.

The award was presented by John Shoven, dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Karl was cited "for serving as an inspirational role model by means of her enthusiasm and generous commitment of time to undergraduates; for sparking interest in pursuing independent research and keeping the flame lit with encouragement and thoughtful criticism; for cross-pollinating curious minds to allow an open exchange of ideas and mutual support with a special post-fieldwork reading group and introductions to scholars and other high-caliber contacts; for inspiring her students to take themselves and their work seriously, to reach a level of achievement they had never imagined."

In accepting the medal, Karl thanked her students; Professor Lucius Barker, chairman of political science; the faculty of that department; and her colleagues in the Latin American studies center.

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

The award was established in memory of the late Allan Cox, professor of geophysics and dean of the School of Earth Sciences.

According to Laura Selznick, director of Undergraduate Research Opportunities, the office that hosted the award ceremony, "In the late 1970s and early 1980s, it was Cox, more than any other Stanford faculty member, who extolled the virtue of research programs such as that pioneered at MIT. He encouraged professors to adopt the same goals and provide similar opportunities to undergraduates here. His energy led to increased funding and support for faculty-student collaboration in research."

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