Dr. Beth Pethel selected for University of Chicago's Outstanding Educator Award

Every year, newly admitted students at the University of Chicago reflect on their time in school and have the opportunity to honor previous educators who significantly impacted their educational journey.

Thousands of responses are submitted from each freshman class as students nominate exceptional educators for recognition.

We are thrilled to announce that one of our science faculty members, Dr. Beth Pethel, has been selected to receive the prestigious Outstanding Educator Award.

The Outstanding Educator Award, presented to instructors who stand out in their field and serve as role models for their students, has recognized distinguished individuals for over three decades. Winners receive a commemorative award, certificate and a letter with details from the student who nominated them.

Dr. Pethel is the Roush/Wayburn Chair of Environmental Studies at WRA, where she teaches a variety of science courses. Earlier in her career, after working for Procter & Gamble as a microbiologist, she earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Emory University. Her doctoral work involved teaching undergraduate microbiology, which ignited Dr. Pethel's passion for educating.

She has displayed tremendous care and skill in both the classroom and the WRA community. Dr. Pethel helped found WRA's BioBuilder program, through which many students have published papers on their original work.

There will be a virtual event hosted by UChicago on Monday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. to honor this year's Outstanding Educators. Congratulations, Dr. Pethel!