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NSE’s Short and Ballinger recognized for excellence in undergraduate advising

Michael Short, Ron Ballinger

Assistant Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, Michael Short has won the 2016 Earll S. Murman Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

The Institute award is presented each year to a faculty member “who has served as an excellent advisor and mentor for undergraduates and who has had a significant impact on their personal lives and academic success.” The award recognizes the importance of quality advising and mentoring of students and the potential impact these relationships have on student success.

Professor Short’s students describe him as having had a profound and positive impact on their educational experience. “We all know of Mike’s energy and enthusiasm in undergraduate education,” said Department Head Dennis Whyte. “We are grateful for his efforts as a teacher and as the department’s undergraduate chair, and congratulate him on the well deserved honor.”

Professor Short was also a 2016 recipient of the Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising given by the MIT School of Engineering.

Professor Ronald Ballinger received the Creative Advising Activity Award given by MIT’s Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming. This Institute Award recognizes “an advisor who has shown exceptional hospitality and creativity by organizing unique activities and building a community for students.”

“MIT freshman face a particular set of challenges,” said Dennis Whyte. “The fact that Ron has been such a positive influence at the start of their academic journey is a testament to his commitment as an educator.”

Martin Schmidt, Michael Short

Provost Marty Schmidt with Professor Michael Short, photo courtesy of MIT Student Life