Ludmir wins Switzer Leadership Award

Delanie Ludmir, an undergraduate teaching assistant and peer leader for general chemistry, received the 2021 Harriet K. Switzer Leadership Award from the Women’s Society of Washington University. The award recognizes outstanding graduating senior women who have made a significant contribution to WashU during their undergraduate years and have demonstrated exceptional potential for future leadership.

Since fall 2019, Ludmir has been serving as a peer leader and teaching assistant for the Department of Chemistry’s general chemistry program. Megan Daschbach, teaching professor and director of chemistry’s peer-led team learning program, and Gabriela Szteinberg, project coordinator for the general chemistry supplemental program, nominated Ludmir for her outstanding contributions to the general chemistry community.

“Delanie’s contributions to both our department and to the university are numerous and extraordinary,” Daschbach said. “Her innate ability to connect with students, to understand the challenges they experience and empathize with their struggles, and to offer advice that cultivates a growth mindset and a positive outlook is unparalleled.”

In addition to being an outstanding scholar and leader in chemistry, Ludmir has also served as a first-responder on WashU’s Emergency Support Team, where she helped realize and integrate new and more inclusive practices when it comes to patient communication and patient care. 

“Delanie has a genuine desire to elevate all those around her and enhances every effort of which she is a part,” Szteinberg said. “We are delighted that she is being recognized by this distinguished organization as a 2021 recipient of the Harriet K. Switzer Leadership Award.”