Q&A: Michael Danahy Receives Karofsky Teaching Prize


Michael Danahy


Michael Danahy, a lecturer in the department of chemistry, has been awarded the 2012 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty. The award was announced at the College’s Honor’s Day ceremony May 9, 2012.

Danahy earned his B.S. from Bates College in 2000, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. Prior to coming to Bowdoin, he taught at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

The Karofsky Prize is given by members of the Karofsky family, including Peter S. Karofsky, M.D. ’62, Paul I. Karofsky ’66, and David M. Karofsky ’93, to honor distinction in teaching by untenured members of the faculty. It is among the College’s most prestigious honors and is awarded annually on the basis of student evaluations to “an outstanding Bowdoin teacher who best demonstrates the ability to impart knowledge, inspire enthusiasm, and stimulate intellectual curiosity.”

Read a Q&A with Danahy about his approach to teaching.

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