Dr. Om Singh, associate professor of biology, will receive the inaugural President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service during commencement exercises Sunday afternoon.
Dr. Livingston Alexander, president of Pitt-Bradford, will present Singh with the award, which was created to recognize faculty who perform at the highest level in the principal areas of faculty responsibility: teaching, scholarship and service.
"We're fortunate to have on our campus exceptionally talented faculty members who enthusiastically share their knowledge and experience with our students," Alexander said. "This award will shed a spotlight not only on superior work in the classroom, but also on high levels of productivity in research and service to the campus and the community. Dr. Singh has performed admirably across all three areas and is well-deserving of this award."
Singh, who has been teaching at Pitt-Bradford for six years, instructs several biology courses for biology majors as well as non-majors. He is an experienced, engaging and popular teacher, illustrated by the need to add another lab for one of his upper-level courses, which also has a waiting list.
He is a prolific researcher, having published dozens of scholarly articles. He is the editor of two recently published and extensively researched academic books: "Bio-Nanoparticles: Biosynthesis and Sustainable Biotechnological Implications" in 2015 and "Extremophiles: Sustainable Resources and Biotechnological Implications."
Singh also supports undergraduate research and supervises a team of students on multiple research projects. Of the more than 50 peer-reviewed journals articles and book chapters he has written, his students have co-authored at least eight of them. He has also assisted his students with their science posters and presentations, which has resulted in their receiving honors for their work.
In nominating him for the award, Dr. Mary Mulcahy, associate professor of biology and chairman of the Division of Biological and Health Sciences, wrote, "He deserves this award for his astonishing success at helping our students succeed in their long-term goals of becoming professional scientists and scientifically literate citizens. Dr. Singh has a strong belief that our students have the ability to achieve great things, and his genuine confidence in our students is something that motivates our students to work incredibly hard in and out of the classroom."
One of those students is Mariah Cole, a graduating biology major from Milan, Pa. "Dr. Singh gave me the chance to conduct research with him in the microbiology lab, and I instantly fell in love with research, and I knew that this would be what I wanted to do for my future. Thanks to the opportunities and support Dr. Singh has given me, I have decided to attend graduate school with the goal of achieving a Ph.D."
Cole will attend the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health this fall to study in its master's program for microbiology and infectious diseases.
"I believe Dr. Singh is one of the major factors in why I have finally made the right decision about my future," she said. "Dr. Singh's qualities have made me want to work harder and accomplish something great in my future."
Singh lives in Bradford with his wife, Rashmi, and children, Manav and Ojas.