Sarah Evans, assistant professor* in Michigan State University’s Department of Integrative Biology and the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, has been lauded for being an exemplary leader mentor to her students.
The MSU Graduate College named Evans as the 2020 junior faculty recipient of its Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. In announcing the award, the Graduate College pointed to Evans’ “impressive commitment to mentoring and her students’ development and well-being highlighted by her openness in asking her students to provide annual feedback on what she is doing well and how she can improve as a mentor.”
The College also mentioned her leadership roles outside the lab, citing her involvement as a founding member, in the KBS Culture and Inclusion Committee.
Sarah Evans holds a B.A. in biology from Grinnell College and a Ph.D. in ecology from Colorado State University. She was an NSF postdoctoral fellow at the University of California—Irvine and came to KBS as assistant professor in 2014.
At KBS, the Evans Lab studies “how microscopic organisms—bacteria, fungi, and archaea—function and respond to their environment.”
About the award
The MSU Graduate School Outstanding Mentoring Awards highlight faculty members, doctoral students, and graduate programs mentoring in ways that exemplify the foundational values of commitment to respect and care; professionalism, ethics and integrity; and the professional and personal growth and independence of the student.
* Note: Evans was promoted to associate professor effective Wednesday, July 1, 2020.