Gillette College science instructor Holly Martin honored

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 30, 2014

Contact: Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith @ sheridan.edu

Gillette College science instructor Martin honored

Gillette College biology instructor Holly Martin has been selected to receive a 2014 Early-Career Faculty Travel Award from the annual American Society of Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE). Martin is one of 11 instructors nationally to receive the honor.

Martin HeadshotMartin, 28, will receive funding to attend the 2014 ASMCUE and be formally recognized, May 15-18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore in Danvers, Mass.

The Early-Career Faculty Travel Awards recognize future leaders in biology education and research and provides them with opportunities to practice new technologies and techniques, learn research and pedagogy developments, and network with fellow educators and researchers. Recipients are early-career undergraduate faculty, postdoctoral scientists or senior-level graduate students, based on teaching excellence, commitment to education and leadership potential, among other criteria.

“I look forward to learning cutting edge teaching strategies to use in my classes,” Martin said. “These strategies are research-based and proven to help reach a wide variety of learning styles.”

Martin is the only instructor selected from Wyoming and one of two instructors selected from a community college. Martin teaches general biology, life sciences, microbiology and genetics. She joined Gillette College in August 2012, after working as a lab manager at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where she completed her Master’s degree.

Martin completed her Bachelor’s degree at Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa.

Martin’s honor coincides with Gillette College’s commitment to science, technology, engineering and math, often referred to as STEM, said Scott Engel, Gillette College Associate Dean of Academics.

“We are leaders, both regionally and nationally, with our STEM efforts at Gillette College,” Engel said. “We consider science and math to be some of our strongest and most innovative areas.”

For more information about the conference, visit www.asmcue.org.

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