A non-traditional approach to success

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hrough her non-traditional approach, Professor of Psychology and Director of Behavioral Neuroscience Adrienne Betz makes tackling challenging concepts more approachable to those not familiar with the topic.

For her outstanding achievements, she will be recognized with Quinnipiac's Center for Excellence in Teaching Award on October 17.

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Since joining the Quinnipiac family in 2009, students and alumni agree that Betz encompasses all the characteristics someone could ask for from a mentor.

“Dr. Betz has devoted much of her time and efforts into challenging students to constantly improve upon their own work ethic,” said Zachary Culver ‘17. “She is open and honest with her criticism, but will support students in achieving their goals.”

Betz’s colleague, Martine Mirrione, assistant professor or biomedical sciences, attributes the high student attendance of their weekly Neuroscience Research Group meetings to her dedication toward offering new opportunities to motivated students.

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“Adrienne’s enthusiasm demonstrates her commitment to lifelong learning and excitement about bringing new and engaging experiments and activities to her teaching,” said Mirrione. “It continues to be a pleasure to collaborate with her.”

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Betz said that she feels honored and grateful to have received this award.

“While I know not every student will have a life-changing event in my class, I seek to inspire each one of them,” Betz said. “I leave each class session asking myself how I might improve. I end each semester planning to make the next one better. This is the center of who I am as a teacher.”

Betz stated that she promotes a highly interactive classroom, which she believes engenders a sage and approachable learning environment.