Jennifer Smilowitz Wins Teaching Award
A University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health professor was one of three UW System instructors recognized by Alliant Energy for commitment to student success.
Dr. Jennifer Smilowitz, clinical associate professor of medical physics and human oncology, was awarded the utility company's 24th annual Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award along with Kristin Plessel, a chemistry professor at UW-Rock County, and M. Keith Thompson, a civil engineering professor at UW-Platteville.
Smilowitz developed the first lab-based course on physics of radiotherapy treatment planning and has taught the course to graduate students, medical residents and veterinary radiation oncology residents for 10 years.
In 2015, Smilowitz traveled to China on behalf of UW-Madison to teach in the China Top Physicist Development Project. She also implemented a clinical preceptorship program in Madison to train students from the UW-La Crosse medical dosimetry program in 2013.
The Underkofler awards are given as a tribute to the energy company’s long-time senior executive, James Underkofler, who died in 2015 and was a major supporter of undergraduate teaching.
The award program is administered by UW System Academic Programs and Educational Innovation and funded through an endowment established by the Alliant Energy Foundation.
Date Published: 10/31/2016