Stephen Mezyk, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Professor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).
Established in 1980, the Outstanding Professor Award is designed to reward and publicly acknowledge outstanding professorial performance. It is the only honor given by CSULB that recognizes excellence in three specific areas – instruction and instructionally-related activities, scholarly and creative activities and professional service.
Mezyk’s accomplishments in teaching, research and service are recognized as among the most impressive in the CSULB Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. He has an extraordinary talent for both teaching and research, and he is highly regarded for his ability to make complex, quantitative material easy to understand, engage students in class and help them develop problem-solving skills.
A physical chemist with interests in energy and the environment, Mezyk is a prolific researcher with more than 100 papers published in top journals since he joined CSULB in 2001. His research has been supported by more than $3.6 million in external grants and contracts.
Additionally, his lab has attracted some of the most talented students in the college. He has supervised the research of 75 students, 68 of whom were undergraduates, many who have gone on to Ph.D., M.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in highly prestigious universities across the country.
Mezyk has served on numerous department and college committees and is actively involved in professional organizations. He was also part of a team that developed videos to support online chemistry instruction at Coastline Community College. The series was purchased by the Public Broadcasting Service and won an Emmy award for instructional programming.