April 10, 2020

Dr. Renee Clary Wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award

By: SEC Staff
SECU (Twitter: @TheSECU)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Dr. Renee Clary, Professor of Geology in the Department of Geosciences, has been named winner of the 2020 SEC Faculty Achievement Award for Mississippi State University, the SEC announced Friday, April 10.

Dr. Clary’s research focuses on interdisciplinary geoscience education and optimization of informal, online and traditional science learning environments. She has earned international recognition as a pioneering researcher in the design of fossil parks, the development and research of cross-curricular writing strategies, and community-engaged science learning. Dr. Clary has received more than $5 million in awards from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education, among others, and she has engaged underrepresented populations in geoscience hazards-themed summer camps.

“Dr. Renee Clary’s research and teaching contributions work together to provide outstanding geoscience literacy opportunities for college students, K-12 classrooms and the general public,” said Dr. David Shaw, Provost and Executive Vice President at Mississippi State University. “Her research into the science of teaching science uses a visual and interdisciplinary approach that engages students’ intellectual curiosity and involves them in the research process, and as a result her contributions to the K-12 STEM education community are virtually unmatched.”

To receive an SEC achievement award the faculty member must have achieved the rank of full professor; have a record of extraordinary teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level; and have a record of research that is recognized nationally and/or internationally. University winners will receive a $5,000 honorarium from the SEC and will become their campus nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award, which will be announced in late April.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Renee Clary.