Kate Maher honored with Cox Medal for fostering undergraduate research

Kate Maher

During the Commencement award ceremonies of the School of Earth Sciences, KATE MAHER, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences, received the 2012 Allan V. Cox Medal for Faculty Excellence Fostering Undergraduate Research.

PAMELA MATSON, the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences, presented the Cox Medal to Maher.

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 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 citation commended Maher “for her outstanding mentorship of students with diverse academic interests and levels of preparation” and “for enabling them to grow as scientists in the Environmental Isotope Geochemistry research group.”

Maher, who joined the Stanford faculty in 2007, was honored “for her dedication to training students through the research process, from project design to peer-reviewed publication,” and “for setting the highest standards of excellence in conducting and presenting research.”

She also was commended “for her unstinting support of students pursuing independent projects” and “for expanding the intellectual and professional horizons of students by connecting them with researchers outside of Stanford.”

The medal was established in memory of the late Allan V. Cox, a former professor of geophysics and dean of the School of Earth Sciences, who was a strong supporter of faculty-student research collaboration.

— BY KATHLEEN SULLIVAN