Chris Pires recognized with Advising Shout Out! Award
April 26, 2013
Associate professor J. Chris Pires is recipient of the May 2013 Advising Shout Out! Award from the Advisors Forum.
The Advising Shout Out Award is presented twice a semester. It recognizes undergraduate advising success stories. The award winner is selected by a five-member committee, including at least one MU student.
“What are your passions and how can I help you achieve them? These were the words that greeted me when I first met Dr. Pires,” wrote undergraduate Michelle Tang, who nominated Pires for the award. “He makes it clear to students that he is an advocate in their education and their attainment of long-term goals. If [he] cannot personally help out a student, he knows exactly who can … and he is always ready to help out in any way he can.”
Pires is a faculty member with the Division of Biological Sciences and an investigator in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center and the Interdisciplinary Plant Group. His research interests focus on the evolution of plant traits and variation through a process known as whole genome duplication. He teaches undergraduate courses on plant systematics and topics in molecular evolution as well as a graduate level seminar course on phylogenetics.
In 2008, the Office of Undergraduate Research recognized Pires’ with its Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award. He was also nominated this year for the MU Advisor Forum’s 2013 Excellence in Advising Award.
Winners of the Advising Shout Out Award receive a gift card and are recognized at the Advisors Forum meeting. They also sign the traveling Advising Shout Out megaphone, which is kept in their office until the next award is presented.
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