Dr. Axel Brandt
Mathematics & Statistics
Senior Associate Dean - College of Arts & Sciences
Professor - Biological Sciences
Dr. Bethany Bowling is well known across campus for all of her contributions to our students, colleagues, and NKU as a whole. With Bethany's collaboration comes high impact for all involved. She has helmed three National Science Foundation (NSF) grants aimed at supporting student success in STEM, and has partnered with CINSAM on institutionalizing the work born from these projects. She regularly partners with us on outreach, recruitment, and retention activities, and has even served as CINSAM's temporary Director of Recruitment and Retention when needs arose. Bethany shows up willingly - over and over again - whether it's in her job description or not.
Associate Professor - College of Education
Faculty Associate - Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM)
Dr. Funda Gonulates has collaborated with CINSAM since her arrival on campus in 2016. Funda's involvement with CINSAM is varied and includes: welcoming CINSAM's Outreach Team into her mathematics education classes, serving on CINSAM's internal Advisory Board as a faculty representative, and partnering with us on three grant proposals. Her students say she is a fantastic professor who holds them to a high standard and goes to great lengths to help them reach those standards. Her research and KCM work on mathematics education are very closely aligned with CINSAM's mission of promoting enthusiasm, excellence, and equity in STEM education.
Coordinator - Community Connections
As Program Coordinator for Community Connections, Melanie Hartzel has been partnering with CINSAM for 10+ years. Her collaboration has been crucial to CINSAM's ability to improve and grow P-12 outreach programs. Melanie always brings a positive attitude, and literally shows up to help us with our activities. She's skilled at finding improvement opportunities for registration processes, and voluntarily implements solutions to give our stakeholders a user-friendly experience.
Assistant Professor - Physics, Geology, and Engineering Technology
Dr. Zeel Maheshwari came to NKU in 2018 and has been a constant collaborator of CINSAM's since her start. She has been a research mentor through CINSAM Grants and UR-STEM, served on the CINSAM Research Grants review committee, and partnered with us on recruitment and outreach events like High School STEM+H Day. Zeel's students and colleagues can attest to her infectious enthusiasm for the work she does. This summer, she is leading CINSAM's Engineering Academy for high school students, the longest-going of all of our summer programs.
Lecturer - Biological Sciences
As a faculty member in the Biological Sciences department, Dr. Mary Schilling has taken on many of her department's outreach and recruitment activities. In collaboration with Dr. Jay Avenido, Mary developed the department's Cadaver Experience for high school students and teachers, giving our campus visitors a truly unique opportunity that leaves them wowed. Mary and her department welcomed CINSAM's High School STEM+H Day attendees to labs this year, which was the highlight for many students that day. Additionally, Mary’s creativity and attention-to-detail with her department’s social media has really helped our community engage with and see the fun in biology.
Dr. Jay Avenido - Biological Sciences
Dr. PJ Ball - Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Bethany Bowling - College of Arts & Sciences / Biological Sciences
Lynn Crane - Biological Sciences
Dr. Funda Gonulates - College of Education / KCM
Dr. Wei Hao - School of Computing & Analytics
Dr. Patrick Hare - Chemistry & Biochemistry
Melanie Hartzel - Community Connections
Dr. Patty Kappesser - Biological Sciences
Dr. Zeel Maheshwari - Physics, Geology, & Engineering Technology
Dr. Mary Schilling - Biological Sciences
Dr. Kim Yates - College of Education
Nominees must meet the following criteria to be considered for a CINSAM Award:
The CINSAM Award Committee (comprised of CINSAM employees) will evaluate nominations based on:
NOTE: Direct collaboration with CINSAM is preferred, but not required, as long as the contribution is well-aligned with CINSAM’s strategic plan.
*All nominations will be considered in a single pool; however, many different types of contributions will be considered for recognition. Examples include, but are not limited to: