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Northeastern's Patricia Mabrouk honored as Massachusetts Professor of the Year

Chemistry professor saluted for commitment to undergraduate education

Northeastern University

Mabrouk has been at Northeastern since 1990, where she has taught quantitative analysis to more than 450 undergraduates and general chemistry to more than 400 freshmen. At the graduate level, she teaches electroanalytical chemistry, optical methods of analysis, and research skills and ethics, a course she specifically designed to orient entering graduate students.

Mabrouk's research focuses on the use of a wide range of spectroscopic and electrochemical methods to the characterization of heme proteins and enzymes in non-aqueous media (organic solvents and supercritical fluids). A graduate of Wellesley College, Mabrouk earned her Ph.D. at MIT and completed an N.I.H. Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University before coming to Northeastern.

CASE established the Professors of the Year program in 1981, and the Carnegie foundation became a co-sponsor a year later. Campus provosts and academic vice presidents nominated the professors for the honor, and current and former students, colleagues, and peers from other institutions sent letters of support. Nomination materials included the professors' teaching logs and course descriptions, as well as personal statements describing their teaching and mentoring techniques, courses or curricula they created, or steps they took to extend the learning process beyond the classroom.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie "to do all things necessary to encourage, uphold and dignify the profession of teaching." The Foundation is the only advanced-study center for teachers in the world and the third-oldest foundation in the nation.

CASE is the largest international association of educational institutions, with more than 3,200 colleges, universities, and independent elementary and secondary schools in nearly 50 countries, including the United States, Canada , Mexico and the United Kingdom.


Located in the heart of Boston, Northeastern University is a private institution recognized for its expert faculty, first-rate academic and research facilities and flagship co-op program. The co-op program, which combines classroom learning with real-world experience, has been cited for excellence for two years running by U.S. News & World Report. Recently named a top college in the northeast by the Princeton Review, Northeastern's career services was awarded top honors by Kaplan Newsweek's "Unofficial Insiders Guide to the 320 Most Interesting Colleges and Universities," 2003 edition. For more information, please visit

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