CU Denver professor earns award for advancing women in academia

By Staff

Laura Borgelt, an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver in the departments of clinical pharmacy and family medicine, is the winner of the 2011 Elizabeth D. Gee Memorial Lectureship Award, which honors teaching, scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration that advances women in higher education.

Borgelt will receive the award at the 2011 CU Women Succeeding Symposium at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs on Feb. 25. She will receive a $1,000 honorarium and present her scholarly work during the symposium in a presentation titled "The Key to Academic Success is...".

The CU Faculty Council's Women's Committee confers the award annually in recognition of women faculty members whose records reflect significant, original and interdisciplinary work, teaching excellence, and a strong commitment toward advancing women in the academic community. Begun in 1992, the award honors the late Elizabeth D. Gee, who taught at the CU Denver School of Nursing and was married to former CU President Gordon Gee.

Borgelt's teaching, practice and research focus on women's health pharmacotherapy with an emphasis on reproductive health, including contraception, polycystic ovary syndrome, menopause and osteoporosis.

The Gee Award is the only one in the CU system that specifically recognizes outstanding work on women's issues. Any full-time faculty member from any of the CU campuses may be nominated for the prize. To learn more about the award, go to