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Freeman Named SU's 2023 Outstanding Research Mentor
Dr. Freeman installing squirrel aviaries at SU's Nanticoke River Center.

Freeman Named SU's 2023 Outstanding Research Mentor

SALISBURY, MD---Dr. Angela Freeman, Salisbury University assistant professor of biological sciences, has earned SU’s 2023 Outstanding Research Mentor Award.

Presented at the 21st annual SU Student Research Conference (SUSRC), the honor celebrates faculty who are excellent supervisors of student research or creative work.

“I am touched by this nomination,” said Freeman. “We have a stellar group of students here at SU, and hearing everyone’s kind words was incredibly impactful. Our research is diverse, with several projects happening at once, and it’s really a treat to see students come up with neat science ideas.” 

Freeman was nominated by Dr. Jessica Clark, assistant provost for faculty success and associate professor of biological sciences, with additional letters of support from biological science students who work in Freeman’s lab. 

 “I appreciate Dr. Freeman’s ability to attract and promote students who may not have pursued research prior to meeting her,” said Clark. “Her lab is a welcoming and inclusive space for students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences which is reflected in the diversity of her lab.”

Senior Joanna Diaz-Ocana added: “Dr. Freeman has been there for me at times I have felt lost and guided me. In terms of research, she has taught me so many skills and has constantly pushed me to be a better student, which is something I can appreciate.”

 “Dr. Freeman allows me to do my own research, solve my own problems and challenges me in the best ways, all while providing daily support,” said Graduate student Kelly Mitzel. “I couldn’t think of a more worthy advisor to receive this award.” 

In addition to her service as a research mentor, Freeman has received a three-year, $480,233 National Science Foundation grant to fund her research on the neuroendocrinology of flying squirrel social behavior. She also is also the faculty advisor of SU’s chapter of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). 

Clark called Freeman’s commitment to the professional organization a testament of “her dedication to staying current on the latest research and supporting the growth of the next generation of scientists here at SU.”

Freeman earned her M.S. in biological sciences from the University of Manitoba and Ph.D. in biological sciences – physiology from Kent State University. Her research expertise is in animal behavior and neuroendocrinology.

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