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Tom Duda to become Frontiers' director


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As of May 1, 2012 Professor Mark Hunter has handed over the director’s reins for the Frontiers Master’s Program to Professor Tom Duda for a five-year term.

“We've just recruited our fifth cohort of students for a total of 21 students overall,” said Hunter, who was the director for the first five years of the program. “Graduating Frontiers students have joined doctoral programs at institutions across the U.S., including Harvard, Berkeley, UCLA, Minnesota and University of Michigan, among others.

"The program was conceived as a STEP project within the University's ADVANCE program,” he said. STEP stands for Strategies Toward Excellent Practices. “Deborah Goldberg, John Vandermeer and Beverly Rathcke were the ones who developed the idea for Frontiers and I was lucky enough to inherit the fruits of their efforts. And the support that we've had from Rackham – from Abby Stewart and from Janet Weis – has been spectacular. The Frontiers Program has been the result of a lot of work by many people."

"It's been a real privilege to work with Frontiers students during the past five years. They have increased the strength and the diversity of our graduate program and I have learned a lot from them. It's reassuring to know that the program will in great hands with Tom Duda as director. Tom has put in a lot of work over the past few months to learn about Frontiers. He has some great ideas for leading the program into the future."

“As the founding director, Mark Hunter has done an absolute stellar job establishing the Frontiers programs with comprehensive mentoring and rigorous standards,” said EEB Professor and Chair Deborah Goldberg. “I am delighted that Tom has agreed to be the next director and will be bringing his talents and creativity to the program.”