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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 12, 2004

Casavant, Whiteman Win Graduate College Outstanding Mentor Awards

Two University of Iowa professors have won Outstanding Mentor Awards from the UI Graduate College. Thomas L. Casavant, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Charles Whiteman, Pioneer Hi-Bred Professor of Financial Economics, won the awards, which are presented annually to two faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary mentoring efforts in graduate education. The awards carry a $2,500 prize.

Outstanding mentors encourage and assist students in areas such as professional networking and research practices. Casavant and Whiteman were selected from a group graduate faculty mentors who were nominated for the award by graduate students and other faculty members.

Two other nominated faculty -- Keith (Mac) Marshall, professor of anthropology and Charles Mueller, professor emeritus of sociology -- received Special Recognition for Mentoring, an occasional award given by the Graduate College to honor faculty mentors.

This year's awards recognized faculty members in social, mathematical and physical sciences and in engineering. In alternate years the awards are presented to faculty in humanities and fine arts and in biological and life sciences.

More information about graduate mentor award winners is online at

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