Dr. Elizabeth Tashjian, an associate professor of Finance at the David Eccles School of Business, was honored in a campus ceremony Thursday as one of the University of Utah’s 2013 Beacons of Excellence Award recipients.

The award is recognition of all that Tashjian has done to enhance the undergraduate experience of students. There were 270 nominees from across all aspects of the university considered for the honor, and people, programs and projects committed to excellence and providing “transformational experiences” for undergraduates were all in the discussion by the selection committee.

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Tashjian was honored in the Union Ballroom along with her fellow Beacons of Excellence Award recipients. Those included Jill Baeder, associate director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, as well as the School of Medicine’s Academic Associate Research Program, the College of Health’s Students Promoting Eating-disorder Awareness and Knowledge (SPEAK), and the College of Fine Arts’ Theatre, Fine Arts, and Humanities in London Learning Abroad Program.

In choosing Tashjian, the selection committee of campus community members called the woman we all know as “Liz” as a “powerhouse for connecting students to her discipline of Finance as well as the j