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Professor Mark Kirk Receives Excellence in Advising Award

April 17, 2014

Mark Kirk poses with his plaque

Professor Mark Kirk, recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Advising Award

Professor Mark Kirk is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Advising Award.

The award, which is sponsored by the MU Advisors Forum and the Office of the Provost, recognizes campus-wide achievements in undergraduate advising by faculty and professional advisors.

“At the core of what Mark values the most in his job is the time he spends interacting with undergrads,” wrote Joel Maruniak, who nominated Kirk for the award. “It’s clear he gets his batteries recharged when he has helped a student navigate the system, chart out an academic path, decide a post-graduate course of action, or decide where to do a research stint at Mizzou or another institution.”

Kirk is a faculty member in the Division of Biological Sciences and a Faculty Fellow in the Office of Research. His research interests focus on stem cell biology and therapies for neurodegeneration and brain tumors. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on stem cell biology, animal physiology, and nerve cells and behavior.

Kirk’s other teaching honors include a Certificate for Outstanding Teaching from the MU Student Association, Outstanding Greek Faculty Teaching Award, and the Purple Chalk Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Kirk was presented with a plaque on April 16 at the twentieth annual Excellence in Advising Awards reception.

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Related research strengths:
Neurobiology
Related categories:
Awards, Undergraduate Studies