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Dr. David E. Bergbreiter, professor of chemistry and Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence at Texas A&M University, has been selected as one of two faculty recipients of the 2011 Wells Fargo Honors Faculty Mentor Award, presented by the Texas A&M Honors Student Council.

Bergbreiter was recognized Thursday (May 12) along with fellow recipient Dr. Stephen Caffey for dedication and commitment to excellence in education as part of Texas A&M's annual Honors Recognition Ceremony, held at the College Station Hilton Hotel and Conference Center.

Wells Fargo Faculty Mentors are nominated and then selected by open voting among students actively participating in the University Honors Program. Award recipients distinguish themselves by extending the mentoring relationship beyond the confines of the classroom, encouraging a spirit of inquiry in their students, being thoughtful teachers, and exhibiting the strongest desire to train a new generation of thinkers and creators.

"Providing opportunities for students to develop academic and professional relationships with the very best faculty is a key principle in honors education," says Jon Kotinek, Assistant Director for Honors and Undergraduate Research and co-advisor to Honors Student Council.

Bergbreiter, who holds the Eppright University Professorship for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence, joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1974 after receiving his Ph.D. that same year from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Renowned both for his teaching and research prowess, he is one of three College of Science faculty to earn the lifetime distinction of Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M's highest award for classroom achievement. In addition, he has received university-level Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards in Teaching (2005) and Research (2008), as well as the Exxon Education Foundation Award and the ARMCO Mentorship Award.

In his 36 years at Texas A&M, Bergbreiter has directed the research of more than 100 co-authors of his 240 peer-reviewed publications, has been selected as a Fish Camp namesake, and has "had the pleasure of introducing thousands of sophomores to the enchantment of Ochem [organic chemistry]."

Bergbreiter and Caffey each received a $1,000 award, made possible by a generous endowment from Wells Fargo.

"But we know that good teachers aren't simply motivated by monetary gain," Kotinek adds. "The real prestige of this award is in that it is given by students in recognition of the countless hours that honors professors pour into developing and challenging the lives and minds of the student body."

For further information on Honors faculty award programs or the Honors Recognition Ceremony, contact Honors and Undergraduate Research at (979) 845-1957 or honors@tamu.edu.

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Contact: Kyle Mox, (979) 845-1957 or kemox@tamu.edu or Dr. David E. Bergbreiter, (979) 845-3437 or bergbreiter@chem.tamu.edu

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