University of Rochester

Faculty & Staff

Goergen Awards Presented

Three faculty members and a longtime College officer were recognized for their commitment to undergraduate education during the College’s annual Convocation last fall.

James Farrar, professor of chemistry, Emil Homerin, professor of religion, and David Primo, assistant professor of political science, each received the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Education.

And Ovide Corriveau, senior operations officer in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, received the Goergen Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Learning in the College.

In addition, the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Political Science were recognized for undergraduate curricular programs in their respective departments.

First presented in 1997, the Goergen Awards for Contributions to Undergraduate Education are named for and sponsored by trustee and former board chairman Robert B. Goergen ’60 and his wife, Pamela.

Farrar joined the faculty in 1976 as an assistant professor and teaches courses in physical chemistry and quantum chemistry. He is a recipient of the University’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and has served as chair of the chemistry department.

Homerin teaches Islamic and Arabic studies and also created a course in religious iconography drawing on the architecture of Mt. Hope Cemetery for case studies. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1988.

Primo has taught American politics at the University since 2002. He has created courses focusing on money and business in politics, positive political theory, and the nature of entrepreneurship.

Corriveau oversees all logistical operations in the College, such as new construction, renovation, space planning, and maintenance assessment and planning. He has been with the University since 1970.