HONORS and AWARDS
2014 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, Baylor University
Missouri Educator Award, 2008
The Missouri Educator Award is presented annually by the Science Teachers of Missouri (STOM) to an individual in recognition of his/her outstanding effort to promote and infulence quality science education in the state of Missouri.
Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2006
President Elson Floyd of the University of Missouri System presented the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching to Meera Chandrasekhar at a ceremony hosted by the Curators at the Saint Louis Campus in May 2006. This $15,000 award recognizes a faculty member for long term contributions to teaching. A systemwide committee of faculty evaluates nominations submitted by the four chancellors.
Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professorship, 2004
During any given year the Chancellor MAY recommend an outstanding faculty member for this honor. These are prestigious positions, and only outstanding scholars with established reputations will be considered for appointment. The award carries an annual stipend of $10,000. See news article.
Science Teachers of Missouri Distinguished Service Award, 2004
In recognition of long-term leadership and service to the Science Teachers of Missouri (STOM)
The DAA citation reads, "Prof. Chandrasekhar’s achievements in teaching, research and service to the community make her a unique member of the academic fraternity."
Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, 1999
The mentoring awards recognize a long-term commitment to providing opportunities for greater participation in science and engineering by all Americans. The awards do this by honoring those whose personal and organizational activities have increased participation of underrepresented groups in mathematics, engineering and science from kindergarten through graduate level.
President Clinton honored individuals and groups that have been exemplary in their encouragement of minorities, women and persons with disabilities to pursue careers in scientific, engineering and technical fields. The president has said that they would "serve as examples to their colleagues and will be leaders in the national effort to train the next century of scientists, mathematicians and engineers."
The award is intended to honor and reward MU faculty who have demonstrated outstanding teaching ability. For this award, teaching is considered in its broadest sense. Teaching is defined to include advising and covers work with students at any level (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) and in a wide variety of settings in which instructional activity occurs at a comprehensive university (in the classroom, in the laboratory, and on the stage; through mentoring students and guiding research; and through outreach activities).
Each year students may submit nominations for the Purple Chalk Award. The Purple Chalk Awards stand as some of the oldest forms of recognition for exemplary teaching at MU. They allow the College of Arts and Science to highlight and publicly acknowledge its professors who truly exhibit an investment in student learning and success.