Nomination for Teaching Award for Inclusive Excellence- 2011
Dr. Mihalea Stefan
Dr. Mihaela C. Stefan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Stefan received a BS in Chemical Engineering, and MS and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Politehnica University Bucharest, Romania. She worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in Krzysztof Matyjaszewski's and Richard McCullough's research groups at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Stefan joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas in August 2007. Since 2007 Dr. Stefan has attracted 9 graduate students, 31 undergraduate students, and 3 summer high school student into her research lab. Currently, 6 graduate students and 6 undergraduate students are working in Dr. Stefan's group. She has published more than 35 peer-reviewed papers out of which 17 were published after joining UTD. The papers published at UTD have a total of 11 undergraduate students as co-authors.
In 2009 Dr. Stefan received the NS&M Outstanding Teacher Award which is given annually at UT Dallas based on nominations from students. Dr. Stefan is the recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from NSF, which is given to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research.
Dr. Stefan's research group is developing novel polymeric materials for organic electronics and for drug delivery systems. The common theme on both research directions is the interdisciplinary training of students at the interface between organic/polymer chemistry and materials science.
Stefan's view on Diversity and Multiculturalism :
Diversity is paramount to advancement of science. As an educator I foster the passion for science in all my students regardless to their race, gender, or culture. Science provides an excellent avenue for multicultural interaction where the exchange of scientific ideas compensates for the different languages spoken by the people working in the same laboratory.
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