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Corri Hanson, Ph.D.: Outstanding mentor of graduate students

Corri Hanson, Ph.D.

Corri Hanson, Ph.D.

Corri Hanson Ph.D., the M. Patricia and James W. Leuschen Professor, medical nutrition education in the College of Allied Health Professions, will receive the Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Graduate Students Award at the April 20 annual faculty meeting.

Faculty awards

The Faculty Senate recognizes faculty for meritorious teaching, service or mentoring at its annual meeting, which this year will be at 4 p.m. on April 20 in the Durham Research Center Auditorium.

Awardees are:

Outstanding Teacher Award

  • Justin Mott, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor & medical assistant director, biochemistry and molecular biology, College of Medicine;
  • Diego Torres-Russotto, M.D., associate professor, neurological sciences, College of Medicine;
  • Catherine Binstock, instructor, College of Nursing-Omaha Division; and
  • Dawn Venema, Ph.D., assistant professor, physical therapy education, College of Allied Health Professions.

Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Graduate Students Award

  • Corri Hanson, Ph.D., associate professor, medical nutrition education, College of Allied Health Professions

Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Junior Faculty Award

  • Iraklis Pipinos, M.D., professor, surgery-general surgery, College of Medicine
  • Bernice Yates, Ph.D., professor, College of Nursing-Omaha Division

  • Name: Corri Hanson, Ph.D.
  • Title: Associate professor, UNMC Division of Medical Nutrition Education, College of Allied Health Professions
  • Joined UNMC: In 2011. Before that, I worked for Nebraska Medicine for more than 20 years. I’ve been in the UNMC-Nebraska Medicine system for my entire career.
  • Hometown: Schuyler, Neb.

How many graduate students do you work with?

At any given time I will have between 10 and 15 master’s and Ph.D. students. I’ve served on committees for more than 40 graduate students at UNMC.

What are the greatest rewards of mentoring?

I have been unbelievably fortunate in my own mentors and am very aware of the difference they have made in my life. It’s inspiring to think I might impact a student’s growth and development as a person and a professional. I hope I can balance challenging my students with the appropriate amount of support to do that in a positive way.

Describe a moment when you realized your influence made a difference in someone’s career.

There are so many of these moments. I am always impressed to see that my students have gained the confidence to continue to challenge themselves as they move forward in their careers. One of the best things I have heard from one of my students is “you pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I learned that it was OK to feel that way — that’s how I grow.” I hope that learning this in graduate school will help a student have the confidence to embrace new experiences and opportunities that will come along in life!

List three things few people know about you.

  • I was a triathlete at one point in my life.
  • My husband and I have ridden a motorcycle over a good deal of the United States and Canada.
  • I am past level 2,000 on Candy Crush.


  1. Fran Higgins says:

    Yay, Corri! You're always a delight to work with and very deserving of your accolades.

  2. Greg Karst says:

    Congratulations, Cori, on a well deserved award.!

  3. Michael Huckabee says:

    Well deserved, Dr. Hanson. Congratulations!

  4. Liz Wellsandt says:

    Congrats Corri!

  5. Christine Swets says:

    Congratulations Corri!

  6. Patty Scholting says:

    Congratulations Corri! I can't think of a more deserving individual!

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