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Suprenant, Kathy

Kathy
Suprenant, PhD
Year Inducted: 
2006
Kathy Suprenant
Highlights: 
  • Chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas
  • Oversees more than 88 faculty and graduate students
  • Continuously receives grants from the National Science Foundation to further her research
  • Winner of the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award
  • Honored with the Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Engineering Award
  • Recipient of the International Union Against Cancer Award
Biography: 

Kathy Suprenant, Chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas, can accurately be called a trailblazer. She has made significant accomplishments in a discipline not often entered by women. Kathy received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from State University of New York. She then went on to complete a Doctorate of Philosophy in Cell Biology at the University of Virginia. Kathy was also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California as well as the University of Kansas Center for Biomedical Research.

 “Whether working with junior high school students or postdocs or students in between, Kathy exemplifies the best of her profession,” said Danielle Hamill, assistant professor of Zoology at Ohio Wesleyan University. “As a teacher, she has imparted knowledge of the biological sciences to her students and encouraged them to think critically and investigate rigorously…As a researcher, Kathy has advanced her scientific field by conducting rigorous scholarship…As a mentor, Kathy has touched the lives of many, mine included, who no doubt continue to follow the example she has set.”

Kathy has achieved many accomplishments at the University of Kansas.  She has been nationally recognized as a research scientist, while at the same time, showing outstanding leadership within the university. Kathy oversees more than 88 faculty and graduate students in her department. Through the outstanding work and dedication that she provides, Kathy continuously receives grants from the National Science Foundation to further her research.  In addition, she has received prestigious awards including the Mortar Board Outstanding Educator Award, Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Engineering Award, and International Union Against Cancer Award.

“Dr. Suprenant has an impressive record of service to KU and to the research and educational communities at all levels,” said Mark Richter, professor of Biochemistry at the University of Kansas. “She has served on major grants advisory boards and on some of KU’s most demanding committees. The fact that Dr. Suprenant was elected by the faculty to lead the department of Molecular Biosciences in itself attests to her considerable leadership ability.”

Dr. Kathy Suprenant has graced the University of Kansas with her ideas, her leadership, and her dedication to her work.


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