PhD candidate Grace Lin has been awarded Honorable Mention, 2017 Michael E. Martinez Prize for Outstanding Research and Service.
Delivered by Associate Dean Jacquelynne Eccles
In 2013, the School established the Michael E. Martinez Prize for Outstanding Research and Service. This annual award commemorates the scholarly and professional achievements of the late Michael E. Martinez, Professor of Education at the University of California, Irvine, from 1992 through 2012. As a scholar, Professor Martinez is remembered for his significant contributions to our understandings of cognitive processes and the malleability of intelligence, and how these understandings could be applied to student learning. He is also remembered for the kindness and collegiality that he embodied. In his honor, this award is given to a doctoral student who demonstrates superior scholarship, intellectual curiosity, and high levels of professionalism, service, and collaboration with fellow students and faculty. I’d like to invite Mrs. Stephanie Martinez to come forward to present the award to this year’s honorees.
This year, it was difficult to select just one winner, as several of our students are doing remarkable things – as citizens, scholars, and learners. Although we did select a recipient, Tyler Watts, we also wanted to provide an honorable mention to a student who has been a tremendous resource in our school. This student is passionate about supporting and mentoring others, at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She has been a dedicated pedagogical fellow, developing new and innovative teaching approaches, organizing and leading workshops, and helping new teaching assistants. She is an active contributor to ADSE as well as the campus-wide AGS. Most recently, she is the SoE representative for the Discover Science Initiative (DSI), coordinating outreach activities and STEAM workshops. In addition to these tireless services, she has also conducted high-quality and interesting research. For these reasons, we would like to acknowledge Grace Lin with an Honorable Mention.