Published: March 2, 2024
Amy Palmer Portrait

Amy Palmer, CU Boulder professor of biochemistry, wins the Cogswell Award for Inspirational Teaching to recognize her for revamping classroom experiences, championing diversity and striving to connect with students ‘beyond the course curriculum’. 

Palmer, who is faculty director of the Honors Program, joined the CU Boulder faculty in 2005. She holds a bachelor’s in chemistry from Dartmouth College, a master’s in education from Stanford University, and a PhD in biophysical chemistry from Stanford.

In letters of nomination, her students and colleagues praised her for adopting state-of-the-art science-teaching methods, launching a new biochemistry seminar course for first-year students, transforming how traditional courses are taught, and advancing the diversity of student populations.

Moreover, they said she genuinely cares about students, striving to get to know them personally and “connect with them beyond the course curriculum.”

“Professor Palmer is a phenomenal teacher and universally praised by students from all levels at CU for her outstanding teaching pedagogy, her commitment to students and her inspirational character,” four of her colleagues wrote.

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