Sister Susan Cronin, IHM, Receives the Lindback Teaching Award from Immaculata University
Sister Susan J. Cronin, IHM, Ph.D., was presented with the 2007-2008 Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award during the University´s commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18, 2008. This award is given annually to a faculty member who possesses excellence in teaching. Sister Susan is a professor in the Biology Department.
After graduating from Immaculata University, Sister Susan received her Master of Science degree from Villanova University and then earned her Ph.D., in Molecular Genetics from the Catholic University of America.
Celebrating her 10th anniversary of teaching at Immaculata University, Sister Susan has taught at various schools in the region including St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr, PA; St. Michael´s in Annandale, VA; and Lourdes Regional High School in Shamokin, PA.
As a Biology teacher, Sister Susan strives to involve her students in the material and to help them recognize the large role that biology plays in their everyday life. This past semester, she organized a course for students to travel to Costa Rica and experience the great diversity of life in that country.
Sister has continuously sought and received grants from the National Institutes of Health for student research and to attend, with Immaculata students, the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. In addition, she recently received the DNA Lasergene Rising Star Grant which provided matching funds to acquire Lasergene software to edit, manipulate, assemble, and analyze DNA. In 2001, with Charlotte Zales, a former teacher in the Education Department at Immaculata University, and Sister Susan´s guidance, Immaculata received a $92,000 National Science Foundation grant entitled "Bioinformatics Initiative for High School Students." This successful program involved creating and conducting a five-week residential workshop on Bioinformatics for students entering their senior year of high school.
Since coming to Immaculata, Sister Susan has been actively involved in numerous committees and organizations including being a committee member of Campus Ministry, University Council, the Strategic Planning Taskforce, the Middle States Steering Committee, Promotion and Tenure, Pre-professional Committee for the Health Professions, and chair of the Middle States Special Topics Committee — Institutional Culture. In addition, Sister Susan has helped coordinate five service trips to New Orleans to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Sister Susan grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, Boston, MA, and Havertown, PA and graduated from Trinity High School in Camp Hill, PA. She entered the order of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1968.
"I am grateful for this award and for the supportive faculty and administration at Immaculata. I also value the opportunity for interactions with individual students, both in class and research projects, to assist them in the development of their scientific skills and with acceptance to graduate and professional schools and professional employment. The ability to work one-on-one and to guide their work requires a lot of time but their growth and confidence in "doing" biology and their acceptance to quality institutions is well worth the time spent," commented Sister Susan on being named the Lindback recipient.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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