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Carol Martin recognized by College for exceptional performance and attitude

June 16, 2015

Image shows two women in pink shirts holding engraved plaques

Carol Martin (left) and Lucy Urlacher (right) show off their 2015 Staff Appreciation Award plaques.

The College of Arts and Science Staff Network, in cooperation with the Dean of Arts and Science, has awarded Carol Martin with a 2015 Staff Appreciation Award for exceptional performance and attitude.

Carol Martin is the Coordinator of Student Services for the Division of Biological Sciences. She administratively coordinates the Division’s Undergraduate Advising Office and is responsible for the academic development of the Division’s approximately 1500 majors. In addition to advising students, Martin teaches a Learning Strategies for College Students course for the Student Success Center and a Transfer Interest Group (TRIG) section for biology majors. She also serves on the Division’s Scholarship Committee and Committee for Curriculum.

“Carol once shared with me that she sees her job as helping students discover what success is to them,” wrote Curators’ Professor John C. Walker in his statement nominating Martin for the award. “She has learned that this discovery process involves a lot of exploring, resources, guidance, and support. She coordinates our Undergraduate Advising Office in keeping with this philosophy.”

Walker said that, during her 10 years with the Division, Martin has made several “important and long-lasting contributions” to the Undergraduate Advising Office. In 2005, Martin established the Division’s Peer Advising Program, which partners incoming freshman with upper-level biology majors. The peer advisors share a student perspective on a Mizzou education and provide valuable and friendly information in areas ranging from study skills and choosing electives to doing undergraduate research and getting internships. The peer advisors, in turn, benefit from the mentor training provided by Martin as well as the leadership opportunities of the position.

“Organizationally speaking, the peer advising program is a truly a remarkable accomplishment,” wrote Walker.

Recently, Martin developed the “Biology Intensive Orientation Experience,” or BIOME. Part of the FIG program, BIOME is a rigorous academic program designed to enhance the success of incoming freshman biology majors. According to the BIOME website, “The program is a living-learning environment, which promotes strong academic rigor and integration into college life before and during the student’s first semester.” Martin launched BIOME in the summer of 2014 with 60 participants and is organizing it again this summer with 80 participants.

“This is an exciting new addition to our undergraduate program and has the potential to be modeled by other programs on campus,” shared Walker.

Walker said that Martin also goes “above-and-beyond” by arranging diverse co-curricular activities for biology majors throughout the academic year. For example, she regularly organizes practical workshops on topics ranging from how to get involved in undergraduate research to getting ready for graduate school as well as several career-related meetings, social events, and the Division’s annual Fall Welcome Dinner and Spring Biology Recognition Banquet.

Student success, said Walker, is the theme that links all Martin’s efforts together. “I can really think of no one who is more dedicated to student success than Carol Martin. All her efforts are directed at ensuring students’ experiences in biology and at MU are valuable, personal, memorable, and successful.”

Martin was presented with the award, which comes with an inscribed plaque and a $250 prize, at the Arts and Science Staff Retreat on June 12.

Lucy Urlacher with the School of Music was also presented with the Staff Appreciation Award.

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Written by: Melody Kroll

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