michelle award

Dr. Michelle Bothwell, ADVANCE Co-PI and Co-Chair of the ADVANCE Research team, is the recipient of the 2019 Phyllis S. Lee Legacy Award! Dr. Lee is the former Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the award "honors a member of the OSU community who exemplifies Dr. Lee’s commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." The award was presented at the 2019 Martin Luther King Peace Breakfast held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Peace Breakfast "celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. while honoring members of the Oregon State community who carry his message and work forward in the present." 

Dr. Bothwell is an associate professor of bioengineering whose research strives "towards a socially just engineering profession: interrogating engineering culture; feminist theory that centers intersectionality; critical disability theory; professional engineering ethics and social responsibility; [and] institutional transformation." Among her many achievements in both engineering and equity, Dr. Bothwell received the CoNECD 2018 Best Paper award for her paper titled, "Advancing the College of Engineering Strategic Goal of Becoming a National Model of Inclusivity and Collaboration."

Nomination criteria for the Phyllis S. Lee Award includes "commitment and dedication to social justice and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., exceptional history and current practice of initiating, supporting and sustaining social justice and human rights for all people, and especially the underrepresented and the underserved. Intentional consideration of the “unsung,” the “behind the scenes” person who motivates and inspires, not just identification of those who have gained public acknowledgement and recognition." Well done Dr. Bothwell!