March 23, 2016  

Claridge receives Exceptional Early Career Award

Shelley Claridge

Shelley Claridge. (Purdue University photo/Rebecca Wilcox)
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Shelley Claridge, assistant professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering, has been named the recipient of a 2016 Exceptional Early Career Award. Claridge was surprised with the news on Tuesday (March 22).

Purdue will continue to announce this year's recipients of the Exceptional Early Career Award and the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy throughout the week. Murphy Award winners named already are Eric Nauman, professor of mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering, professor of basic medical sciences (by courtesy) and director of College of Engineering Honors Programs, and Rod Williams, associate head of Purdue Extension and associate professor of wildlife science.

The University's highest undergraduate teaching honor, the Murphy Award is accompanied by a $10,000 cash award and induction into Purdue's Teaching Academy, which provides leadership for the improvement of undergraduate, graduate and outreach teaching. Murphy was a history professor at Purdue from 1927 to 1970.

The Exceptional Early Career Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate teaching among Purdue's early career, tenure-track faculty. Recipients of the award will receive a $5,000 award with additional funds for a department business account.

The recipients of both awards will be honored at an invitation-only luncheon on April 1. A list of past recipients of the Murphy Award and the Exceptional Early Career Award is available at

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