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Prize for the best natural sciences lecturer

Aurelia Lewis receives the Lecturer Prize 2014/15 at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

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AWARDING EXCELLENT LECTURERS: Associate Professor Aurelia Lewis draws inspiration from one of her first lecturers, who with her enthusiasm made the lectures as exciting as films. In October 2015, Lewis was awarded the Lecturer Award by students at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
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Jens Helleland Ådnanes

“The year I studied cell biology I had a lecturer who made the lectures seem like exciting films. She had an exceptional enthusiasm and was fascinating to listen to. She made the knowledge come to life. I guess that is the ideal I am trying to live up to,” says Aurelia Lewis, Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular Biology.

On 13 October she was given Undervisningsprisen, or the Lecturer Prize, by the student organisation Realistutvalget at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Bergen (UiB). Each year, the award honours excellent lecturers.

 

Energised by the students’ appreciation

Lewis views the award as a clear feedback on her lecturing being on the right track.

“This gives me the energy to keep at it,” she says.

She is of the opinion that her enthusiasm for both research and educating has played a part in her winning the award. Education based on research is important for both the department and UiB.

“Applied science as an integrated part of the education offered is something I feel strongly about. We can take a step back from the details for a while and put science on display,” says Lewis.

 

Close to the students

Lewis is described as a tutor in close contact with her students.

“It is important to be available to the students, and I appreciate giving them feedback. I would like receiving more feedback from the students themselves, though,” says Lewis, who has been teaching since 2011.

As well as teaching, she also does research. Despite a time consuming double schedule, she views her lecturing as vital for her own research work.

“Going back to basics is a good thing. When one is doing research one tends to focus on very specific topics. When teaching a subject I have to keep myself updated and brush up on my knowledge,” she explains.