Stephanie Healey | May 19, 2014 | Notre Dame College of Science
Michael Hildreth, professor of physics, received the 2014 Rev. James L. Shilts, C.S.C./Doris and Eugene Leonard Teaching Award at the annual Dean’s Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 16. Hildreth received many recommendations from his colleagues and was selected for salutary influence on students in and out of the classroom.
An accomplished and internationally known particle physicist, Hildreth brings his research expertise to the undergraduates. Hildreth has advised 22 Notre Dame undergraduate researchers and those students who have already graduated from Notre Dame have gone on to attend top graduate programs. He has also advised 28 summer research students and five Ph.D. students.
Focusing exclusively on introductory physics education, Hildreth has brought innovation and passion to the science classroom since his first year at Notre Dame in 2000. His classes include a combination of teaching, mentoring, peer-learning, and designing your own experiment. “My mission is to act as a catalyst to bring new techniques and methods to the classroom,” Hildreth said.