Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology award recognizes professor’s commitment to teaching, academic research and more
MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University chemistry professor Dr. Bikram Subedi has been selected to receive the 2020 Neil Weber Award for Excellence in the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology (JCSET).
The Weber Award was established as a special tribute to former college dean Dr. Neil Weber after his retirement from Murray State. The award was endowed through a generous gift by Dr. Jesse D. Jones, a JCSET alumnus who is a strong supporter of Murray State faculty and students while sharing the University’s commitment to excellence in math and science education.
Recipients are chosen by a committee, with selection based on the nominee’s achievements in several areas. This includes outstanding service and contributions to the University through academic research grants and development, classroom activities, student recruitment, governmental relations, publications, program leadership and/or assistance with matters of accreditation. Recipients receive a $2,500 stipend for the next academic year to be used for research, conferences, travel or other projects.
“I am extremely grateful for the excellence that Dr. Subedi provides Murray State students and the community via the classroom and his research contributions,” said Dr. Claire Fuller, dean of the Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “He has contributed significantly to our environmental chemistry area, providing novel approaches to monitoring contaminants in the local, national and international environments.”
In 2003, Subedi earned his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and Master of Science in physical chemistry from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal. He earned his Ph.D in analytical chemistry from Baylor University at Waco, Texas, in 2012. Before coming to Murray State, Subedi made a name for himself in the field of chemistry at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana.
In his four years at Murray State, Subedi has taught across the chemistry curriculum and mentored both biology and chemistry students in significant research experiences. Subedi has established an internationally-recognized, highly productive research laboratory at Murray State.
“I would like to thank the department chair, dean, and the provost for providing generous support and encouragement that made my four years of pleasant teaching, research, and service activities at Murray State,” Subedi said. “I am very honored and humbled to have been awarded the Neil Weber Award for Excellence. I would also like to thank the award selection committee for selecting me for this award. This award has energized me to continue to excel in classroom activities, research, and overall service to the community and the University.
“Student academic success is something I would consider as my own success. I always encourage our students in and outside the classroom to be involved in interdisciplinary research and acquaint themselves with state-of-the-art analytical instruments in the University’s chemistry department. Incorporating recent research findings in the classroom enhances the curiosity of learning, retention of course materials, scientific awareness and overall interest in community-serving.”