CASE Dean’s Medal goes to Agnes Vojta

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On April 11, 2024

Dr. Vojta receiving the medal from the CASE Dean’s Leadership Council. Photo by Peter Ehrhard, Missouri S&T.

Dr. Agnes Vojta, teaching professor of physics at Missouri S&T, recently received the Dean’s Medal for Outstanding Commitment to Undergraduate Student Success in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education at S&T.

Members of the Dean’s Leadership Council surprised Vojta with the award while she was teaching class Thursday, April 11.

“Agnes demonstrates remarkable dedication to her students and actively engages with the vibrant campus community,” says Dr. Mehrzad Boroujerdi, vice provost and dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, and Education (CASE). “Moreover, Agnes stands as a beacon for women in STEM fields, tirelessly advocating for their inclusion and success at S&T. I am truly proud of her relentless commitment and impactful contributions.”

Dr. Vojta talks with the council afterwards, including two members who are former students of hers. Photo by Peter Ehrhard, Missouri S&T.

“Dr. Vojta stood out, among a very strong pool of nominations, for her long-lasting contributions to student engagement, academic excellence, and innovative teaching methods,” says Carl Schmitz, chair of the CASE Dean’s Leadership Council and a 2010 information science and technology alumnus. “She has an unwavering commitment to student success — in the classroom and as an advisor for current and future students across the university. The committee was very impressed by her recommendations and is pleased to offer this recognition.”

Vojta joined Missouri S&T in 2002 as an adjunct assistant professor of physics. She frequently teaches Engineering Physics and College Physics I and II, courses that most S&T students take as part of a core engineering coursework. She earned the Dr. Elizabeth Cummins Women’s Advocate Award in 2022 and a Faculty Achievement Award in 2021.

Vojta has supported the Women in Physics group and advised the student equestrian club at Missouri S&T. She serves as advisor for physics majors and coordinator for the department website and social media. Outside the classroom, she is an accomplished poet with three volumes of poetry published since 2019.

Vojta earned her Ph.D. in physics from the Technical University of Dresden in 1994, and her master’s degree in physics from the University of Dresden in Germany in 1991.

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