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Ohio State Professor Wins $100K Award; Here Are Some Other Award-Winning Professors You Might Know

Let’s face it: there are some people that are just bad at teaching. Every student that’s been at Ohio State for some amount of time has probably had a number of them, and I imagine their bad teaching habits have affected your school life/success in some way.

But on the other side of the coin, there are those professors that go above and beyond for what they do. They are the best of the best, whether it be in lecturing, ensuring students receive the resources they need, or being flat-out geniuses that are among the highest qualified people around.

The Ohio State Department of Physics’ very own Christopher Hirata recently won Break Through Prize‘s New Horizon Physics award. This award, netting Hirata a whopping $100,000, was earned through his “fundamental contributions to understanding the physics of early galaxy formation and to sharpening and applying the most powerful tools of precision cosmology,” according to the Break Through Prize website.

To put it in simpler terms, Chris is smart. He’s talented. And he’s incredibly qualified to be teaching at OSU.

Here are a few other professors at Ohio State that have also been recognized in the past year for their contributions and talents:

Name: Lauren Squires

Award: Ratner Distinguished Teaching Award

Department: English

Area(s) of Expertise: Language and Linguistics

Rate My Professor Overall Score: 4.3

Typical Classes Taught:

Structure of the English Language

Traditional Grammar and Usage


-“The Ratner Awards recognize faculty who have exemplary records of engaging, motivating, and inspiring students as well as of making a difference in students’ educations, lives, and careers,” from OSU’s Arts and Sciences website

-Grant upwards of $20,000 for use on any projects associated with bettering their educational approaches as they see fit

Name: Randolph Roth

Award: Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring

Department: History

Area(s) of Expertise: U.S. History

Rate My Professor Overall Score: 4.5

Typical Classes Taught:

World/U.S. History

Criminal Justice


-“Rodica C. Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring supports a member of the Humanities faculty who best exemplifies excellence as a teacher of undergraduates… [T]he emphasis is on outstanding performance in the classroom… and [the] use of innovative teaching strategies for the advancement of learning,” from OSU’s Arts and Sciences website

-$5000 in cash awarded to winner each year

Name: Ryan McPherson

Award: Ohio State Distinguished Lecturer Award

Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Area(s) of Expertise: Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rate My Professor Overall Score: 4.2

Typical Classes Taught:

Intro to Analog Systems and Circuits

Electrical Circuits and Electronic Devices


-“The Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer…recognizes…three lecturers, senior lecturers, or other auxiliary faculty members for their teaching excellence,” from Ohio State’s University Awards webpage

-$5000 honorarium awarded to each of the award’s three annual recipients

Photos sourced from M+A Architect’s website, Lauren’s OSU About Me page, OSU’s Dept. of History site, and OSU’s Dept. of Engineering site.

Ryan Murphy


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