Reichert is Among Three Professors to Receive Graduate School Mentoring Award

The Duke University Graduate School is giving its Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring to Professor of Biomedical Engineering William Reichert; Linda K. George, professor of sociology and psychology; and Alexander Rosenberg, R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy and professor of biology.

"This year's award recipients have diligently applied themselves in various ways to ensuring that the experience of dedicated scholars remains accessible to the full spectrum of eager and curious minds that enter Duke's graduate community,” Jacqueline Looney, associate dean for graduate student affairs, said in announcing the awards.

"The tough competition for this award reveals that a vibrant culture of mentoring at Duke continues to unfold before us. By honoring these sterling examples of mentoring-in-action we continue sharing the vision for this culture more broadly so that it may become a deeply rooted part of what students and faculty of the Graduate School come to expect from the Duke experience."

The selections were made by a committee of senior deans and students representing the major disciplines of the Graduate School. Each award winner will receive a $2,000 award at the Distinguished Teaching and Mentoring Award dinner on Wednesday, April 19.

For Reichert, the Duke award follows the Catalyst for Institutional Change Award he received Feb. 26 from the Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network at its annual meeting in Washington. He was honored by the QEM for his efforts in recruiting and mentoring black doctoral students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Pratt School of Engineering.

Looney, who also is associate vice provost, said Reichert “embodies both the letter and the spirit of the Duke University mission. In his dedicated and committed work with students, I have personally seen him ‘engage their minds, elevate their spirits, and stimulate their best efforts.’ He is perhaps one of the Graduate School’s most effective advocates.”

Reichert received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982, and moved to the University of Utah as a postdoctoral fellow for two years before becoming research assistant professor from 1984 to 1987. He moved to Duke as assistant professor of biomedical engineering in 1988, was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and full professor in 1999. He served as director of graduate studies in biomedical engineering for three years and in 2002 was named co-director of the Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering. He became director of the center last year. He also was appointed professor of chemistry in 2002.