Lenhart Receives 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award

A UT professor of mathematics who is a passionate advocate for women and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields has received a top award from the Southeastern Conference.

Suzanne Lenhart was honored with the 2017 SEC Faculty Achievement Award, the SEC announced this week.

The SEC award recognizes professors from the 14 Southeastern Conference schools who have outstanding records in teaching and scholarship. Honorees from each university receive a $5,000 honorarium and become their university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year award. The SEC Professor of the Year will be named in April. He or she will receive an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at an SEC awards dinner.

Lenhart is an applied mathematician in the field of differential equations. Her research publications span several areas of biology, including HIV, tuberculosis, bioreactors, bioeconomics, cardiac function, population dynamics, disease modeling, and resource management.

Lenhart was a co-founder and is associate director of education and outreach for the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). In 2014, Lenhart was a co-principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health–funded grant for the Program for Excellence and Equity in Research (PEER), an initiative designed to increase the number of scientists of color.

Lenhart is currently a co-principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health–funded grant for the Program for Excellence and Equity in Research (PEER), an initiative designed to increase the number of diverse scientists.

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Lola Alapo (865-974-3993, lalapo@utk.edu)