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University of Illinois physics professor Mats Selen has been named 2016 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). This prestigious national award is bestowed annually on one professor from each of four institutional categories; Selen is recognized as the Outstanding Doctoral and Research Universities Professor.

The award recognizes the highest level of excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring, a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, and significant contributions to undergraduate education at the home institution and community and to the teaching profession.