The Goodstein-Langer Award for Honors Advising

Dr. Lynn Goodstein & Dr. Peter Langer

Since 2017, a member of the Honors Program faculty or staff is awarded the distinction and recognition for outstanding advising. This honor is determined by nominations submitted by Honors students, providing them the opportunity to share their experience and the positive impact of the faculty or staff member they have nominated.

Award Description 

This award recognizes outstanding contributions to undergraduate advising by faculty or staff members to Honors Program students. Nominees for this distinction have significantly exceeded expectations by providing exceptional undergraduate advising experiences to Honors students. This fund was established by Dr. Lynn Goodstein and Dr. Peter Langer, who both have strong ties to UConn Honors. The late Lynn Goodstein served as the Associate Vice Provost and Director from 2002 to 2012, and her husband, Peter Langer is a graduate of the inaugural Honors Program Class of 1968.

2023 Awardee

    Richard N. Langlois, Professor, Department of Economics
    Richard N. Langlois was born and raised in eastern Connecticut. Before coming to UConn in 1983, he was affiliated with the Center for Science and Technology Policy and the C. V. Starr Center for Applied Economics at New York University. Professor Langlois’s principal research areas are the economics of organization, the economics of institutions, and business history. He is the author (with Paul L. Robertson) of Firms, Markets, and Economic Change: A Dynamic Theory of Business Institutions (London: Routledge, 1995), which articulates (among other things) the theory of dynamic transaction costs and the theory of modular technological systems. Another focus of Professor Langlois’s work has been the economic history of technology. He has written on such industries as computers, semiconductors, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and software. His history of the microcomputer industry won the Newcomen Award as the best article in Business History Review in 1992. Recently, Professor Langlois has turned his attention to explaining the changes in corporate organization in the late twentieth century, a set of phenomena he refers to as the Vanishing Hand. His latest book, The Dynamics of Industrial Capitalism: Schumpeter, Chandler, and the New Economy (Routledge, 2007), received the 2006 Schumpeter Prize of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society.  His newest book, called The Corporation and the Twentieth Century, will appear from Princeton University Press in 2023.  He is now at work on an Advanced Introduction to the Economics of Organization, which will be part of the Advanced Introductions series of Edward Elgar Publishing.

    Past Goodstein-Langer Award Recipients 

    Yongku Cho, Associate Professor/Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    Kaitlin Heenehan, Associate Director, Honors Program at the Regional Campuses
    and Director, Regional Campuses for Enrichment Programs
    Nicholas Leadbeater, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry

    Requirements for Nominations & Nomination Process

    Requirements for Nominations

    • The nominee must be a full-time faculty or staff member.*
    • The nominee exhibits excellence in advising Honors students.
    • The student submitting the nomination must be in the Honors Program.
    • The selected awardee will participate in-person at the annual Honors Medals Ceremony.

    *Teaching assistants and graduate assistants are not eligible for this award

    Nomination Process

    • Please check back for more information about submitting nominations for the 2024 Goodstein-Langer Award. Thank you.

    Selection Process

    • Nominations are reviewed by the selection committee; comprised of members of Honors Program leadership staff, faculty, and students.
    • Nominees will be notified of their nomination during the spring semester.
    • The Honors Program will confirm each nominee’s availability to attend the Honors Medals Ceremony.
    • Nominees will submit a current curriculum vitae.

    Please email for more information.