Female Greek-American Professor Wins 2016 Presidential Award for Mentoring

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Greek-American Professor Lydia Kavraki, the Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University, received the 2016 Presidential Award for Mentoring.

The award is given to a Rice University faculty member who demonstrates strong commitment to mentoring graduate or undergraduate students.

Professor Kavraki was born and raised in Greece where she graduated from the University of Crete. She then traveled to the United States to complete her Ph.D. at Stanford University. She began teaching at Rice in 1997.

“I’m fortunate that I’ve had this position, that I’ve had varied experiences that enabled me to reach this point,” she said.

Kavraki believes it is impossible to separate mentoring from teaching. “I think it is very important to mentor students while you teach. Mentoring and teaching are not separate activities, it is one thing. And I enjoy it, I like it. I think I can make a difference for some people.”


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