University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Professor of Mathematics Joseph Gallian was named the 2003 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Minnesota Professor of the Year. The U.S. Professors of the Year award salutes the most outstanding professors in the United States - "those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students". Professor Gallian was selected from among nearly 400 top professors in the United States.
The award winners were honored at a November 13 awards luncheon in Washington D.C. hosted by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the National Press Club, and at a reception on Capitol Hill.
Criteria for the award includes "extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, demonstrated by: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; a scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate education in the institution, community, and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students".
Professor Gallian has taught at UMD for over 30 years. Since 1977 he has directed an annual undergraduate research program. The program allows Professor Gallian to select 6-8 of the best undergraduate mathematics students in the nation and bring them to UMD for a ten-week summer research program. Over the years 118 students have participated in Professor Gallian's program. Most present their findings at the annual meeting of the American Mathematical Society, and to date over 100 of the students' papers have been accepted for publication in mainstream professional journals.
Professor Gallian has won many other awards and honors, which include:
In 1999 he was named by the Duluth Budgeteer News as one of the "100 Great Duluthians of the 20th Century".
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