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The importance of doctoral advisers can hardly be overstated, but when you talk to ARCS Foundation Scholars about the guidance they have received, you understand the adviser’s vital role.
Three advisers from across the U.S., including Gary Moore, an assistant professor in Arizona State University's School of Molecular Sciences, have recently been recognized by ARCS for their work in this realm.
The nominations come from ARCS scholars who value the role of advisers as vital to their academic paths. The nominations reflect not only the passion for science of the three advisers, but also their success in communicating that enthusiasm to their students.
Moore has a passion for chemistry that is evident from the very first classes students take with him. He lectures on technical concepts in a logical and effective manner, and also addresses scientific topics in a context which brings students a level of cultural relevance to the subject matter that is rarely found in chemistry classes.
“I have been privileged to work with Professor Moore since he started his laboratory in the School of Molecular Sciences," ARCS Phoenix Scholar Anna Beiler said.
"He stresses the importance of professional as well as scientific skills, preparing his students for successful future careers in any field,” Beiler said. “He is well connected in his field of study and encourages me to interact with the network of notable scientists that come to ASU. He has given me opportunities to make my own connections by attending national and international conferences in the field, and his already distinguished reputation allows me to make connections that will advance my future career.”
The ideal adviser has to be someone with not just knowledge and expertise, but also a passion for mentoring and a personal interest in the welfare of the students being overseen. This individual must be ready to share wisdom, knowledge, and professional experiences, as well as technical expertise. It cannot be emphasized too much that, for graduate students, mentoring and advice are critical movers of the entire graduate program. They have a direct impact on how well students perform in their projects and how efficiently they can earn their degrees.
Moore is also guest faculty at Berkeley Lab. He received his doctorate from ASU under Ana L. Moore in 2009 then spent two years as a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Energy Fellow at Yale University working with Gary W. Brudvig and Robert H. Crabtree before starting an independent research career at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. Moore currently teaches a graduate level course at ASU on photochemical energy conversion and leads the research efforts of the Moore Lab. He enjoys coffee, chess, the art of organic synthesis and staying up late at Gordon Conferences.