CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign each year presents Campus Awards for Excellence in Instruction to exceptional faculty and staff members, graduate teaching assistants and advisors campuswide. This year’s recipients are being honored at a ceremony.

Awardees are cited for sustained excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate teaching, undergraduate and graduate advising and mentoring, online teaching and research guidance. The Office of the Provost sponsors the awards.

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The Campus Award for Excellence in Guiding Undergraduate Research is designed to foster and reward excellence in involving and guiding undergraduate students in scholarly research. One honoree for this award is a Cancer Center at Illinois researcher.

Mohammed El-Kebir, a professor of computer science, uses a creative approach to involve undergraduates in consequential and publishable research. He engages undergraduates in his graduate-level courses and identifies other opportunities for them, including summer research opportunities, and coordinates with institutions such as the National Institutes of Health. El-Kebir has also taken on several activities to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in computer science. 

You can see the original story from the News Bureau and learn about the other honorees here.