Provided by Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Science Education Program and the TTU/HHMI Scholar Service Organization honored a retired Floydada High School science teacher with the Susan G. Talkmitt Science Motivator Award on April 20 at the research celebration banquet for the Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research (CISER).
Teresa Hollums received the award for her positive and outstanding contribution to science education for her Texas Tech undergraduate research scholar nominator Abel Cortinas and other students throughout her career.
"She possesses the very unique and rare ability to completely entrance her students in her subject," Cortinas said in his nomination letter. "She does not merely shove vocabulary words down your throat and expect you to regurgitate them. Mrs. Hollums fills her students with curiosity, the willingness to engage oneself and the desire to learn.
Cortinas said Hollums helped him develop a life devoted to learning, which has aided in the progress of his academic science career.
"I am very humbled and surprised to even be honored," Hollums said. "Abel and special science-interested students like him are a joy to me and a blessing. To watch Abel and those like him grow and learn and compete in academic competitions is simply more fun to me than my winning any award. His mother was even a student of mine when I taught her in seventh grade."
Hollums also mentioned a former Texas Tech professor explained chemistry in a way she could understand and made a great difference in her own advanced science work.
This annual award was created by scholars in 2006 to honor influential individuals in science education.