Richards, who joined the faculty of MSU's Chemical and Biological Engineering Department in 2007, said it means a lot to be recognized for helping students craft their degrees.
"I think advising is a very important part of what I do as a professor because I want my students to be successful," Richards said. "So it's very humbling to be nominated by them for this award."
Richards also won the Excellence in Teaching Award from MSU's College of Engineering for 2011-12 academic year.
Richards' research has covered biofilm growth in extreme environments and exploring ways that microbes might be used to clean contaminated soils. Richards earned her doctorate in chemical engineering from Washington State University in 2007.
Contact: Elizabeth Brock, MSU College of Engineering, (406) 994-1564 email@example.com