Timothy Hubin, Ph.D.
Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
|Southwestern Oklahoma State University Professor Tim Hubin (second from right) receives an Outstanding Mentor Award from Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Chairman David L. Boren (left) and President Anil Gollahalli (right) during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. They are joined by one of Hubin’s mentees, Michael-Joseph Gorbet. Hubin was recognized as the outstanding mentor for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)|
Dr. Timothy Hubin, professor of chemistry at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, has been selected as the outstanding mentor for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
OK-LSAMP is a consortium of Oklahoma colleges and universities working together to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in STEM disciplines. Current goals and activities of OK-LSAMP focus on undergraduate research experiences, graduate school preparation, and international experiences.
“Dr. Hubin became a mentor and OK-LSAMP campus coordinator at SWOSU in 2010, and the program has not been the same ever since,” said Program Manager Kay Porter. “He has worked diligently with the students on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus to help them achieve goals and accomplish research projects they never dreamed they could do.”
Dr. Hubin has been instrumental by increasing the number of students in the OK-LSAMP program, the number of students conducting research locally and even internationally. One of his students, Ashlie Walker, recently spent six months at the University Joseph Fourier in Grenoble, France. From this experience, she was mentored by Hubin and a professor in Grenoble. This research experience earned her a spot in the 2015 Kansas State University graduate class for a Ph.D. in chemistry.
“Research is hard work, and Dr. Hubin makes you work hard,” Walker said. “There were and still are hard times in the lab, but Dr. Hubin would never let you feel that way for long. He made sure you understood the (chemical) reaction, what could have gone wrong, and why we are doing this. He has never made me feel like a bad chemist, but a chemist in progress.”
Another student mentee, Michael-Joseph Gorbet, said Dr. Hubin is an outstanding mentor and should be recognized for his hard work and character. “Dr. Hubin has always given his students guidance and every opportunity to succeed. He is always open to any and all questions, and he truly does want everyone to understand the material. He wants the very best for every single student that crosses his path."
Dr. Hubin continually seeks out and is awarded research grants. He then is able to have his students assist him in research projects, providing them with opportunities to gain real-world experience, get published and use their skills to acquire jobs or be admitted to graduate programs.
He has provided opportunities for his students to participate in enriching experiences off campus, including Oklahoma Research Day, the Women of Color in STEM national conference, the Women in Science conference, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the American Chemical Society national conference.
“He continually encourages students to seek out opportunities to present their research and to find summer internship programs that will also enhance their skills and knowledge,” Porter said.In May 2015, Hubin received the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Regional University or Community College. A professor of chemistry at Southwestern since 2005, he has received numerous honors including the DaVinci Fellow award in 2012.