October 18, 2017
Lincoln, Neb. — Erin Sayer, assistant professor of practice and chief academic adviser in the Department of Biochemistry, received the Lawrence K. Crowe Outstanding Undergraduate Advising Award on Oct. 11. This award recognizes a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions in undergraduate advising.
Sayer is an academic adviser and mentor to students in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources as well as the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the instructor of BIOC 101 (Careers in Biochemistry) and BIOC 498 (Reflective Application). Sayer is also an academic recovery coach, serves as the Biochemistry Club/ASBMB student chapter adviser, and coordinates undergraduate research and internship experiences.
A student advisee of Sayer says, “I have never met anyone as dedicated or invested in her student’s success.” She practices an inclusive and individualized approach to advising. Sayer describes her advising philosophy as being focused on the big picture and helping students navigate the path they will take to achieve their career goals.
Her own personal development and passion for helping students discover their dreams led Sayer to develop the “Reflective Approach to Graduate/Professional School Applications.” Throughout this course, Sayer has encountered students who have changed their career pathway because they realized through reflection that they did not want to continue on their intended path, and she has helped them discover their true passion.Taylor Hart
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources