Biological Sciences Undergraduate Studies Director receives Dockweiler Award

Author: Deanna Csomo McCool

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David J. Veselik, director of undergraduate studies and associate teaching professor in the department of biological sciences, was one of three recipients of the Dockweiler Awards for the 2016–2017 academic year.

Veselik is the coordinator for the cell biology laboratory, as well as the biology club advisor. He has taught upper level cell biology labs and lectures. With his guidance, students have participated in several initiatives, including networking with the career center, vertical peer mentoring, lab shadowing and alumni mentoring.

“I was able to observe up close how much he cares about the well-being of his students,” said Malgorzata Dobrowolska-Furdyna, associate dean for undergraduate studies. “He always has a positive outlook, gentle manner, sense of humor and passion for his work.”

The Dockweiler Awards were established in 2007 with a gift from the Julia Stearns Dockweiler Charitable Foundation. They recognize faculty or staff members who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to Notre Dame undergraduates through outstanding mentoring, academic advising or career counseling services. Winners are nominated by students or employees.

The other Dockweiler Award winners were Jennifer Fox, First Year of Studies, Dean’s Office, and Vicki Douillet Toumayan, College of Arts and Letters, Dean’s Office.

Originally published by Deanna Csomo McCool at on May 24, 2017.