Geller accepts director position
Laurie Geller, associate mathematics professor, has been named director of Minot State Universityís Honors Program, according to Lenore Koczon, vice president for academic affairs. Geller is the current chair of the mathematics and computer science department. She will begin her duties as Honors director for the 2012 fall semester.
"Dr. Geller was highly recommended by the search committee," said Koczon. "One thing everyone knows about her is that when she starts a project, she runs with it until it is completed. She is liked and respected by her colleagues; her connections to students and her commitment to their success were all factors weighed in choosing her for the position. I am very excited to see how she takes a successful Honors Program to the next level."
The Honors Program in Engagement & Scholarship (HOPES) is a concentration program that encourages motivated students to explore challenging and personally tailored programs of advanced study. Coursework emphasizes the complex relationship between individuals and their communities through creative seminars and independent research opportunities. As Honors director, Gellerís duties include recruiting students, teaching courses within the honors curriculum and assisting faculty advisors working with program participants.
"I am excited to lead such a valuable, respected program and work with its students and faculty," Geller said.
Geller obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and psychology from MSU in 1996. She completed her Master of Science degree in mathematics in 1998 from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and in 2003 obtained a doctorate in education from Montana State University in Bozeman. She began teaching at MSU in 2002. Since 2003, she has secured grants, both independently and with others, totaling over $3.7 million. She and Bill Harbort, art professor, co-organize MSU NOTSTOCK, an annual live arts event.