Thursday Niels Bovenschen, teacher in Biomedical Sciences and head of the Pathology Research Laboratory, has won the 2019 Lecturer Award. Marij Swinkels, teacher in Public Governance and Management, receives this year’s Teacher Talent Award. The jury selected both winners for their involvement with students and how they inspire students to reach beyond their assumed possibilities.
Role model for academic students
Niels Bovenschen, associate professor in Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine divides his time between education and research. One of Niels' focal points is the interconnection between education and research. He challenges his students already in the bachelor phase to propose research and gives them the freedom and responsibility to carry their proposal out. His aim is to train students – at all levels – to become scientists. He advances and utilize their academic skills by giving them a taste of research. Thanks to his experience in academic research and the natural way he leads them around, make him a role model for his students.