Tyler Watts is the 2017 recipient of the 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’s recipient has conducted excellent research, shown outstanding intellectual curiosity, and been an exemplary student, collaborator, and citizen. He has excelled in all of his classes and collaborated with a wide group of students and faculty on an impressive list of publications. His dissertation focuses on how and why early mathematics achievement relates to later academic and other important outcomes.
Additionally, he has mentored in the School of Education’s DECADE Program, served as a Student Representative for ADSE, and taught undergraduate statistics. Less formally, he frequently helps his peers seeking data-related advice.
In the spirit of this award, he “has demonstrated intellectual curiosity, high quality scholarship, and collegiality” throughout his time here. It is with pleasure that I invite this year’s winner of the Michael Martinez Prize, Tyler Watts, to come forward and receive his well-deserved award.
Pictured: Dean Richard Arum, Tyler Watts, Mrs. Stephanie Martinez