Professors at UW-Green Bay and UW-Madison and a scholars program at UW-Whitewater have been selected as the winners of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Diversity Awards.
Angela Bauer, professor of human biology and special assistant to the provost at UW-Green Bay; Douglass Henderson, professor of engineering physics at UW-Madison; and the McNair Scholars Program at UW-Whitewater were chosen in the fifth year of the awards program.
The program was established by the Board of Regents to recognize and support individuals and programs in the UW System that "foster access and success in university life for historically underrepresented populations," according to a news release from the UW System.
The Board of Regents will honor the winners on Feb. 8 in Madison at its regular meeting.
The award also comes with funding to support professional development or to continue a program being honored.
Bauer, on the UW-Green Bay faculty since 1997, helped develop the Targeted Opportunities for Success in Science (TOSS) program on campus, giving the sciences more visibility to students of color. The program has resulted in a 30 percent increase in students of color declaring for a human biology major at UW-Green Bay.
Henderson, on the UW-Madison faculty for over two decades, helped develop the Graduate Engineering Research Scholars Program, a fellowship program working to increase the number of minority graduate students in engineering to work toward a doctoral degree. When the program started in 1998, there were three minority Ph.D. students in the College of Engineering, and now there are 51.
The McNair Scholars Program at UW-Whitewater prepares low-income, first-generation and multicultural students for graduate study and eventual careers as faculty members. The program has a 99 percent graduation rate, and more than 80 percent of the 190 graduates went on to graduate school.