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Loyola selects Lynn Vogel Koplitz as year’s academic leader

Loyola press release - May 5, 2006

Professor of Chemistry and Director of the University Honors Program Lynn Vogel Koplitz, Ph.D., was selected for the 2006 Dux Academicus Award.

A member of the chemistry faculty since 1988, Koplitz is to be honored at the university's Baccalaureate Mass April 28, where University President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Walter Harris, Ph.D., will present her with the award.

A nominating letter stated, "Lynn has demonstrated her commitment to the university's education and Jesuit mission throughout her career. She is a leader on and off of our campus." A student wrote, "I have acquired immense respect for Dr. Koplitz as a highly skilled professor devoted to helping students achieve their full potential and dedicated to the betterment of Loyola."

She is credited for reviving the University Honors Program in a mere two years, a real feat when considering the obstacles that Hurricane Katrina and a canceled fall semester posed. Koplitz has done research with 27 students on more than 10 projects, proving that students trusted and admired Koplitz. She has published several articles in scientific journals with student co-authors and her students frequently accompany her to national scientific meetings where they present their own work.

Koplitz is often recognized not just for her scientific acumen, but also for her professionalism. Her many accolades and awards can attest to that, including the Honors Professor of the Year Award and the University Senate Award, both given to Koplitz in 2005. Koplitz graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Muhlenberg College and received a master of arts degree and a doctorate in chemistry from Princeton University. She has published in many scientific and scholarly journals, as well as co-authored numerous books.