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Lydia Fox and Maria Pallavicini

Provost Maria Pallavicini suprises Professor Lydia Fox in her classroom with the news that she has been selected to receive the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award

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Geology professor Lydia Fox to receive 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award

Mar 21, 2018

An unexpected surprise brightened the day for Lydia Fox, associate professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences and director of Environmental Studies, when Provost Maria Pallavicini came into her classroom this morning to announce she was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Faculty Award. The award will be presented May 12 at the All-University Commencement.

Fox came to Pacific in 1990 and has established an outstanding record as a teacher and mentor. In 2009, she was honored with the Faye and Alex Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award, which recognizes Pacific faculty members of more than 10 years who, in addition to exemplary teaching in the classroom, go above and beyond the classroom in advising, directing research, supervising laboratories, and mentoring students and new faculty members.

She also is the founding director of undergraduate research and has been committed to encouraging and mentoring undergraduate students in advancing their education through research opportunities long before the position was established in 2010. She has been active in the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) for more than 20 years and serves as both an elected member of the Council and on the CUR-Goldwater Scholars Mentor's Award review committee.

In 2001, Fox organized the first Pacific Undergraduate Research Conference, an event that has grown over the years from a 2-hour poster session to several weeks of events at multiple venues across the Stockton Campus celebrating the research and creative accomplishments of Pacific students. The event was expanded to become the Pacific Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference (PURCC). In addition, each year she accompanies upwards of two dozen Pacific students to presented their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. She has developed other opportunities to support and recognize undergraduate research through student travel and research grants and a summer research fellowhip program. She also established the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring, which recognizes the excellent work of faculty who mentor undergraduate research. 

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