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Biologist Receives National Award for Innovation in Science Education

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For giving of his time, energy and passion to the teaching and learning of science, Cal State Fullerton biological science professor William “Bill” Hoese is the recipient of the 2018 M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

“His tireless work has changed students’ lives and empowered them to identify as scientists,” said Kristy Forsgren, assistant professor of biological science, who nominated him for the award.

“Bill is a huge supporter of student academic success, incorporating undergraduates in research. He embodies the key concept of ‘learning science by doing science’ in very comprehensive and integrated ways that lead to successful student outcomes.”

Hoese, who has taught at CSUF since 2000, is the university’s recipient of the 2015 Carol Barnes  Excellence in Teaching Award. Last fall, he received the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans Outstanding College/University Mentor Award for his “exemplary service and deep commitment” to students, particularly underrepresented future scientists. He also co-directs CSUF’s Southern California Ecosystems Research Program, where he has mentored hundreds of students and involves them in authentic research experiences.

Hoese received the accolade at the society’s national meeting earlier this month in San Francisco. The award honors M. Patricia “Trish” Morse, a past president, for her extraordinary achievements and contributions to the society’s mission of education.