Prof. Rhonda Franklin Receives 2016-17 Tate Award

Prof. Rhonda Franklin has been awarded the 2016-17 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. She is one of four recipients named for this year’s award. Prof. Franklin has been a keen and dedicated participant in the University’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), and the NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. As ECE’s interim Director of Undergraduate Studies, she renovated the welcome event to make it more student friendly, and introduced new programs that specifically addressed the needs of students based on where they were in their academic career. She has been a mentor to female faculty across the United States through the Next Prof program (administered by the University of Michigan). Prof. Franklin initiated and has been an active participant in “Preparing Teachers to Prepare Future Engineers,” a program in the Roseville Area Schools. She was instrumental in the founding of the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) student branch in the University, and served as its first faculty advisor. As an engineer and scientist, she has been an active member of IEEE, planning and participating in programs that introduce students to microwave and wireless technologies, which are her specific areas of research interest. Prof. Franklin has a long and distinguished record of active engagement and achievements not only as a scientist, but also as a mentor helping her students and other charges through professional development and career planning.

The John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising is named in honor of John Tate, Professor of Physics and first Dean of University College (1930-41). The Tate Awards serve to recognize and reward high-quality advising at the University of Minnesota. They call attention to the contributions academic advising and career services make in helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals. By recognizing professionals for their outstanding commitment to students, the Tate Awards celebrate the role that academic advising and career services play in the University’s educational mission. The other recipients of this year’s award are Chyng-En Anny Lin Senior Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Program, Carlson School of Management, Prof. Jennifer Jane Marshall, Art History, and Megan Seltz, Senior Academic Advisor, Construction and Facility Management, Undergraduate Programs, College of Continuing Education.

The award ceremony will be held on March 9, 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium.

See Prof. Franklin at the European Microwave Conference in London (video in second row, right)