CANR associate professor named recipient of Honors College Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honors Students

May 21, 2018 - By: Stephanie Cepak

Jenifer FentonJenifer Fenton, an associate professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is the 2018 recipient of the Honors College Award for Distinguished Contributions to Honors Students.

Since its initiation in 1999, this award recognizes outstanding contributions by Michigan State University faculty and staff to Honors teaching and Honors students and demonstrates the university’s commitment to Honors student education.

“There are conversations ongoing about how to assess teaching excellence and how we value one-on-one mentoring. For me, this award signals that students and faculty highly value the unique and intimate role of research mentoring,” Fenton said. “This is another way that we teach and touch the lives of students and their future careers, not just in the classroom.”

Fenton has mentored 20 Honors College students in her research lab, including nine through the Professorial Assistantship Program, since 2002. Many of these students have presented their research at the Undergraduate Research & Arts Forum (UURAF), and national conferences, or published their research.

In addition, Fenton has taught Honors students in a graduate level course, Human Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention, and supervised Honors Option projects in an undergraduate level course, Contemporary Issues in Human Nutrition. She’s also taught Honors students participating in a Freshman Seminar Abroad.

“Faculty mentoring is an invaluable experience for Honors College students at Michigan State University,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the Honors College. “On behalf of the Honors College, we congratulate Jenifer Fenton on earning this award and thank her for providing valuable learning experiences for our students.”