Studying science with the best of the best

Science student

For those aiming to launch into a career in the sciences, it’s no secret that learning from the field’s best teachers can set you on the path to big outcomes. At Case Western Reserve University, two of our science faculty members were recently honored for their especially high level of support for future scientists.

Cyrus Taylor
Albert A. Michelson Professor in Physics 

Awarded the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and is admired by students for his humbleness, enthusiasm and dedication. 

What his students said

“Professor Taylor has always shown a personal interest in our lives. He was always willing to stay longer to talk about anything on my mind, even outside the scope of the class.”

“I most value his empathy. Particularly in the midst of the pandemic, considering the intrinsic difficulty of this subject, he treated us more as colleagues than students.”

“If I ever become a professor, I’m going to try my hardest to be like Professor Taylor.”


Ashley Nemes-Baran
Assistant professor in the Department of Neurosciences

Awarded the Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring in her first year of teaching at CWRU.

What her students said

“She constantly offered opportunities that would help me explore my options in a career in the field of neuroscience.” 

“The way she taught the course and encouraged questions and exploration into the subject prompted me to constantly ask questions that pushed me to want to explore the subject matter further.”


Sound like the kind of people you want to learn from? From applied mathematics to systems biology and everything in between, there are many more CWRU teachers and mentors who can’t wait to help you on your journey.