Biology Professor Receives Inclusion Award

Feb 16, 2022

Professor Mensinger recognized for work towards a more equitable Swenson College of Science and Engineering.

Allen Mensinger shown

Allen Mensinger, professor of Biology, is a recipient of the University of Minnesota’s inaugural 2021 Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Awards, which is given to faculty who’ve done significant work to advance equity.

With this, Professor Mensinger receives a one-time $10,000 award to support his work in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at UMD.

Mensinger was nominated by his colleague Julie Etterson, a Biology professor and department head, who says, “Dr. Mensinger has been actively involved in promoting the careers of underrepresented undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers long before this issue became a clear priority in the UM System.” Etterson included several letters of support that attested to Mensinger’s commitment to inclusion.

About Allen Mensinger

Fish from the Great Lakes Region

Professor Mensinger has been teaching at UMD since 1999. His research interests include how fish detect, integrate, and respond to external cues in the environment and invasive fish species management in the Great Lakes region.