Chemistry professor earns national award for undergraduate teaching
The national award recognizes excellence in teaching chemistry, biochemistry or a chemistry-related field by a woman scientist whose primary duties are teaching undergraduates. Nomination for this award involves letters of recommendation from colleagues and students.
"Winning this prestigious award was a surprise and a great honor," Balija said. "Attending the Awards Ceremony made me proud to represent all the Radford women educators, who work tirelessly for our students. I wish that all faculty and staff could be commended for their excellence in educating our Radford students."
Balija, who joined Radford University in August 2016, was presented the award at the July 7 Iota Sigma Pi Triennial Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the convention, Balija and the 2017 Centennial Award winner presented a panel discussion talking about how they successfully engage students in class and answering questions ranging from research to work/life balance. Radford University Chemistry Department Chair Christine Hermann, a member of Iota Sigma Pi, also attended.
In addition to the award, Balija also received $500 and membership in Iota Sigma Pi. Founded in 1902, Iota Sigma Pi promotes and stimulates interest and personal accomplishment in the chemical fields. Members are elected based on their scholastic and/or professional record. Their membership includes undergraduates through retired female scientists.