Every April, as part of the Academic Symposium and based on faculty nominations, Rochester College honors a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research and/or creative endeavors, teaching and mentoring of students, service and other activities which have brought distinction to themselves and to Rochester College.

The 2011 recipient is Dr. Michael Muhitch. Dr. Muhitch is a professor of chemistry and has been a member of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics since 2005 when he left a post at the USDA.  As described by members of his department, he works tirelessly to teach and train students, to develop and implement innovative lab experiments and techniques, and to create opportunities for students to participate in authentic research initiatives.  Most recently he has been involved in an important and ground-breaking research project both here and at the University of Missouri which attempts to unravel the mysteries of seed development on soybeans using a “systems biology” approach.