Professor of Chemistry David E. Bergbreiter is one of two runners-up for the 2005 Presidential Teaching Excellence Award, Texas A&M University President Robert M. Gates announced Monday.

Bergbreiter and Associate Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering Ann L. Kenimer each received $10,000 awards, finishing as runners-up to Professor of Accounting Martha L. Loudder and Associate Professor of Veterinary Integrated Biosciences and of Animal Science Laurie A. Jaeger, who each won $25,000 awards.

The prestigious and coveted awards -- believed to be the highest monetary stipends in the nation for such annual recognition from a single institution -- were created by Gates in 2003 to underscore the importance of outstanding teaching at a major research university.

Gates said the most important criteria for the awards are "commitment to and excellence in teaching in all its dimensions.

"A great university has great teachers. Texas A&M has some of the finest teachers in the world, and we want to recognize them," he added.

Bergbreiter, who holds the Eppright Professorship in Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, previously has earned The Association of Former Students' Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching at both the University and College levels. One teaching excellence award nominator said Bergbreiter readily admits that undergraduate teaching is his favorite activity, as evidenced by the 19 different undergraduate chemistry lecture and laboratory courses he has taught during his more than three decades at Texas A&M.

He joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1974 after receiving his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.S. degree at Michigan State University.

Formal presentations to the winners will be made at commencement exercises Friday, May 13.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu

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