Elly Sweet, a clinical assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences, WSU Tri-Cities, was honored with the March 2018 Crimson Spirit Award.

Dr. Sweet (on right in photo) received her Crimson Spirit Award and lapel pin from WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes at the Chancellor’s Welcome Reception for Faculty and Staff on March 20, 2018.

Elly Sweet serves as the faculty advisor for all certified majors in biology, general studies in biological sciences, and pre-health at WSU Tri-Cities. This means that, in addition to her teaching load, she advises some 80+ students every semester. It’s clear she cares deeply about those she mentors.

Her nominator ranks her “very near the top—and easily within the top 5—of the multiple dozens of faculty I’ve worked with as a teaching colleague and administrator over the years.” A notable example of her commitment to her students is the case of Demi Galindo, a recent biology graduate student.

Sweet encouraged Galindo to apply for a research opportunity in her junior year that would greatly advance Galindo’s chances of getting accepted to medical school. With Sweet’s ongoing mentorship, Galindo finished her master’s degree in one year and earned admission and a scholarship to the University of Washington Medical School. A link to the full story about Demi Galindo is here.

Elly Sweet is honored for exceptional mentoring and commitment and outstanding contributions to the WSU community.