University President honors Dr. Andrew K. Vershon for his outreach efforts
Dr. Andrew K. Vershon was honored among the 2022-23 Faculty Year-End Excellence Award Recipients. Initiated in 1993, The Waksman Student Scholars Program (WSSP) and The Waksman Institute Summer Experience (WISE) in 2016, provide opportunities for high school students and their teachers to conduct an authentic research project in molecular biology and bioinformatics and publish their findings. In the course of these studies, students, teachers, and research scientists work together on a genuine research problem. By actually doing science, students gain an understanding of how science operates and are encouraged to continue their education and careers in a science discipline.
The award is funded by the Class of 1930 of Rutgers College. The award is named in honor of Ernest E. McMahon (RC '30) who was a dean of University College, dean of the University Extension Division, and director of the Institute of Management and Labor Relations, and who demonstrated a commitment to extending the mission of Rutgers to new populations. In the spirit of Ernest McMahon, this award is given to an individual or a group within Rutgers University that has made a significant and creative contribution to the extension of the educational resources of the university to the people of New Jersey through such means as continuing education or extramural programs