Trewin receives UW System Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award

August 23, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Amanda Trewin, professor of biology at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is the recipient of the 20th annual UW System Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award is presented annually to one professor from each UW System campus that is located within the Alliant Energy service area who displays an outstanding commitment to student success.

“I am honored and I feel really lucky to receive this award,” said Trewin, who began her career at UW-Platteville in 2001 as an assistant professor of biology. “I really enjoy working with students, especially seeing that ‘aha’ moment. I like when curiosity pays off for a student and getting to participate in that process.”

In addition to teaching courses at UW-Platteville, Trewin values working with children of all ages to help foster their interest in science and math fields.

She serves as a committee member and mentor for UW-Platteville’s Pioneering Your Future program, which encourages girls in sixth to eighth grade to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

“The goal of this program is to get them excited about math and science and increase the probability that they will continue taking those classes in high school,” said Trewin. “Otherwise, I think they can end up closing those doors way too early.”

Trewin has also taught several College for Kids courses and works with a local childcare center, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts to incorporate science activities. 

“I like giving kids those little things that get them excited about science in the classroom, even if they are just little sparks here and there,” she said.

Trewin earned her Bachelor of Science from UW-Platteville and her Master of Science and Ph.D. in reproductive physiology from UW-Milwaukee.

Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1526, parkinsal@uwplatt.edu

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