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Elliott, Ellstrand are Excellent Guides

Two Professors Lauded as Mentors to UC Riverside Doctoral Candidates

Award Recipients Shine as Dissertation Helpers, Guides to Academia

(June 10, 2004)

Norm Ellstrand and Emory Elliott, with their awards

Norm Ellstrand and Emory Elliott, with their awards

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside’s Graduate Division has saluted popular longtime professors Emory Elliott and Norman C. Ellstrand with Doctoral Dissertation Advisor/Mentoring Awards for 2004, said Dallas L. Rabenstein, dean of the division.

Graduate students nominate their mentors and write letters of recommendation. The recipients are selected on the basis of these letters of recommendation, Rabenstein said. This is the second year the awards have been given.

Elliott, on the English faculty at UCR since 1989, has supervised the dissertations of 25 students over the past decade. They are now on the faculties of colleges and universities across the country. Students often ask to work with Elliott, who is also a frequent author and editor, because of that record of success, Rabenstein said.

Previous plaudits include UCR's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993, the Rosemary Schraer Award for Humanitarian Service in 1997, and an American Book Award in 1988. In 2002 Elliott authored “The Cambridge Introduction to Early American Literature.” He chaired the English Department at Princeton University before coming to UC Riverside. He is Director of the UC Riverside Center for Ideas and Society and has been named as a University Professor, which designates Elliott as a valuable resource for the entire UC system.

Ellstrand, professor of genetics in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, has been at UC Riverside since 1979. Many proud alumni of “Team Ellstrand” are scientists in industry, public service and academia, which Rabenstein said suggests that “the sign of a good mentor is the work the (students produce).”

More than 100 papers in scientific journals document Ellstrand’s research in plant genetics and gene flow. In 2003 he published the book, “Dangerous Liaisons? When Cultivated Plants Mate with Their Wild Relatives.” He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

"I have been blessed by the most wonderful students,” Ellstrand said. “I'm proud of their accomplishments and proud to call them my friends."
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Emory Elliott

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Norm Ellstrand

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