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Biology Professor Frank Kuserk Receives National Award for Mentoring Students

Council on Undergraduate Research Honors Kuserk with First Biology Mentor Award

Frank KuserkBethlehem, Pa., July 19, 2010—Frank Kuserk, professor of biology at Moravian College, was honored by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) with its first Biology Mentor Award. This award recognizes Professor Kurserk’s efforts as an outstanding mentor to his students and excellent role model for other mentors of undergraduate research students nationally.

The mission of the Council on Undergraduate Research is to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship, (http://www.cur.org/). CUR made 3 awards nationally, one at each faculty rank (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor). Kuserk was recognized at the rank of Professor.

Dr. Kuserk and his students are currently working with the Wildlands Conservancy assessing the impact that stream restoration efforts have on the fish and macroinvertebrate communities in the streams of the Lehigh River Watershed. In addition, he maintains an active research program at the Palmerton Zinc Superfund site evaluating the effects that heavy metal smelting have had on the forests, wildlife, and soil microbial communities in this impacted area. He also served as a consultant for the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute’s environmental impact study on the U.S. Navy’s extra-low frequency radiowave transmitter project and for projects conducted by the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources.

He and his students have published articles in Microbial Ecology, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Ecology, Journal of Protozoology, Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, American Biology Teacher, and The Quarterly Review of Biology and have received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Pennsylvania Academy of Science, the Pennsylvania Wild Resources Conservation Fund, and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society. He has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences including the IV International Congress of Ecology, the 3rd International Symposium on Microbial Ecology and annual meetings of the Ecological Society of America. He is especially proud of the fact that his students consistently present their work at scientific meetings such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Ecological Society of America, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. Several of his students have received awards for their research including the American Institute of Biological Sciences National Undergraduate Research Award.

Dr. Kuserk chairs the campus sustainability committee and serves as advisor to environmental studies & sciences majors and students majoring in science education. He has been active with the College Board’s AP Environmental Science Program and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and currently serves as assistant editor for the Association for Environmental Studies & Sciences newsletter.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu.