The Minerva Prize

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On October 30, 2014, Dr. Eric Mazur was awarded the first Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education at a reception at the Minerva Academy Summit in San Francisco, California. Nobel Laureate Roger Kornberg, Ph.D. and Governor of the Minerva Academy, presented Dr. Mazur with the award and $500,000 cash prize. Members of the Academy and other special guests were in attendance.

Award Details

In recognizing Dr. Mazur for his significant contributions to improving higher education, the Academy specifically noted his development of Peer Instruction, an innovative teaching method that incorporates interactive pedagogy into the classroom and has been recognized worldwide for driving dramatic improvements in student learning.

Dr. Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Area Dean for Applied Physics at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The Minerva Prize recognizes one faculty member from any institution worldwide, who has made a significant impact on student learning experiences through extraordinary innovation in higher education.