Introducing UA Honors College Interim Dean, Dr. Elliott Cheu

Oct. 17, 2016

The Honors College is pleased to announce its new Interim Dean, Dr. Elliott Cheu. Dr. Cheu is an exceptional fit to lead the Honors College through this exciting year of growth and world-class opportunity for Honors scholars.

Dr. Cheu has served as Associate Dean of the UA College of Science since 2008, and has been with UA since 1996. His responsibilities at the College of Science included all the College academic programs and oversight of advising. He strove to increase student academic performance in an effort to improve retention and graduation rates and increase and enhance undergraduate involvement in research.

He played a leading role in the development of the UA STEM Learning Center and currently serves as chair of its advisory board. He is also the principal investigator on a Sherman Fairchild grant to create a transfer retention/success program. He has served on national review committees for the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Dr. Cheu also connects academics with the community through his oversight of Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, as well as his development of the Science City concept for the Tucson Festival of Books.

Dr. Cheu is a tenured professor in the Department of Physics and has been recognized as a University Distinguished Professor. As Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Physics Department from 2006-2008, Dr. Cheu was active in improving the department's teaching mission and was awarded a College of Science Teaching Innovation Award. He has made many contributions to educational excellence and demonstrated outstanding commitment to undergraduate education.

Dr. Cheu’s research specialty is particle physics, with a focus on supersymmetry and the design and use of specialized electronics for detection of subatomic particles, including experiments on the Large Hadron Collider. He was one of the leaders of the team that established the existence of direct CP violation, which is one of the components required to explain the observed matter/anti-matter asymmetry in the Universe.

Dr. Cheu earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, his doctorate from Cornell University, and received a prestigious Robert R. McCormick Fellowship from the University of Chicago as a postdoctoral scholar.

We would like to thank Dr. Cheu for accepting this important role and leading us through an exciting, transformational period for the Honors College. As Honors scholars, you will find that his leadership puts the Honors College and yourselves in a great position to continue to achieve the high goals that are a standard of one of the longest-standing honors colleges in the country.