Advisers to our first-year students help them transition to college life at Ursinus before declaring their major. First-year advising begins during the summer orientation when students begin the process of selecting courses for their first semester.
First-year advisers meet with students throughout the semester to develop a rapport to help with personal and academic issues of adjustment, monitor their progress, and offer guidance to help first-year students adjust to the college experience.
The award is based on nominations from students and the winner is selected by a committee of past recipients. The recipient of this year’s Award for Excellence in First-Year Advising is Dr. Amada Reig. Missy Bryant, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Academic Support, presented the award to Professor Reig at the Ursinus Day Academic Convocation (UDAC), Missy Bryant spoke about the award and Amanda saying,
“Professor Reig earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Claremont-McKenna College, and her PhD in inorganic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to coming to Ursinus in 2009, Dr. Reig was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Reig is a bioinorganic chemist and her research is focused on designing and characterizing small model proteins that mimic enzymes to gain insight into how specific amino acid changes affect their chemical reactivities. Some of you may know Dr. Reig in her role as the coordinator of the FUTURE Summer Research Program. When she’s not in the lab, Dr. Reig is most likely camping or kayaking with her family.”
Dean Bryant also shared some thoughts about Amanda from the student nominators. One such student wrote,
Professor Reig “is a wonderful first year advisor. She is always available to talk and has the warmest heart when talking to her. If you are having a bad day, she makes you feel better about yourself and helps you get on the right track. She makes an effort to get to know you as a person and truly cares about your academic success.”
Congratulations to Dr. Reig.