Elizabeth Wrigley-Field Named Recipient of the 2023 Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education

Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

Congratulations to Assistant Professor Elizabeth Wrigley-Field who is a recipient of the Morse-Alumni
Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education in 2023! 

Professor Wrigley-Field teaches students to analyze complex social systems by breaking them into parts—and then thinking critically about how the parts fit together. She makes mathematical modeling of social relationships accessible to students from all backgrounds. Attending to the maxim, “the person holding the pen learns most”, she structures learning so that that person is the student—whether in a classroom or in the research projects where she has collaborated with dozens of undergraduates.

"I'm thrilled," says Wrigley-Field. "Teaching undergraduates is hands-down one of the most rewarding parts of my job, especially when I can help students who are afraid of statistics see that they can handle it. I've also been so lucky to get to work with so many super-smart Minnesota undergrads on my research projects. This award is an incredible honor."

Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. The award, named for a former dean of General College, is made possible through generous support of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. In addition to honoring individual faculty members, the award contributes to the improvement of undergraduate education at the University by publicizing their work to serve as a resource for the whole faculty.

UMN Sociology is honored to have Professor Wrigley-Field as a member of our faculty and as one of our most esteemed instructors.

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