OGDEN — Kent Van De Graaff, zoology professor at Weber State University, has been named the university's 2004 John S. Hinckley Fellow.

Van De Graaff, who earned his bachelor's degree from Weber State in 1965, has been a member of the faculty since 1995. In addition to teaching zoology, he serves as pre-med adviser and is the author of several textbooks on human anatomy.

Since 1991, the Hinckley award has been bestowed upon a member of the WSU faculty who has excelled in teaching, scholarship and service.

The university also announced the WSU String Project is the recipient of this year's Exemplary Collaboration Award. Coordinated by Michael Palumbo, music professor and chairman of the department of performing arts, the WSU String Project is an outreach program that teaches students about playing and performing with string instruments.