Dr. Greg Tschumper (Chemistry and Biochemistry) receives the 2009 Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teacher of Freshmen
Chemistry professor Greg Tschumper believed “hard” teachers like him did not win awards, especially if it was based on student nominations. But despite his doubts, Dr. Tschumper won the 2009 Cora Lee Graham Award for Outstanding Teaching of Freshmen.
“I have extremely high expectations, and I let my students know that from day one,” he said. “I’m pretty hard on my students. I put them through the wringer, but I do think they appreciate that they’re being challenged.”
In one of the nominating letters for Dr. Tschumper, a student expressed how his faith in his/her potential changed his/her life.
“Upon asking me to conduct computational chemistry research with him, I expressed that I knew I simply was not smart enough,” wrote the student. “With complete gentleness, he responded with an answer that will remain with me for the rest of my life: ‘Sometimes determination means more than ability.’ This concept has guided and shaped my life since the day the words left his mouth.”
For more about Dr. Tschumper receiving this award, click on this link for the ViewfromVentress.org: http://www.olemiss.edu/pubs/viewfromventress/?p=337