Recipients of 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
The awards, which
each include a $2,500 honorarium and a plaque, are supported by the K-State
president's office and the Curtin Property Company, a real estate development
company with offices in Manhattan and Kansas City. The awards are coordinated
through the KSU Foundation. Among the five recipients was Larry Weaver,
professor of physics
Weaver has taught
almost every course offered by the department of physics. In addition, he
serves as a liaison to the College of Education Partnerships Program, which
aids future teachers in studying physics. He also has directed the summer
Physics Research Experiences for Undergraduates, which brings college physics
students from across the region to K-State to study. "I want my students to
understand that learning physics is not about simply memorizing facts or
plugging numbers into equations. I want students to understand how and why
physicists have the knowledge they do," Weaver said.
member since 1970, he was promoted to the rank of full professor in 1984. He
is a Fulbright Fellow, serving at Justus-Liebig University in Germany in 1989.
He also received the William L. Stamey Teaching Award from the College of Arts
and Sciences in 1990.