PROVO — A Brigham Young University professor of physiology and developmental biology received regional recognition from the National Society of Collegiate Scholars' Inspire Integrity Award.

Ward Rhees was one of 15 regional winners selected as finalists for the national awards. The society awards three faculty members in each of the five regions in the United States.

The awards are presented to full-time university faculty who have made a significant impact on the lives of their students and instilled a high degree of personal and academic integrity.

The Inspire Integrity Awards are student-nominated, the only national awards program for faculty that uses that format.

Nominated faculty members wrote a brief essay on the concept of integrity and its meaning to them. Each of the regional finalists received an award and a personal stipend of $250. The National Society of Collegiate Scholars has more than 650,000 lifetime members and 228 chapters in all 50 states.

Rhees teaches human physiology and has taught zoology at BYU. He has also worked as a visiting professor at The Brain Research Institute of the University of California in Los Angeles.