College of Science Recognizes Top Scholars
Thursday, Apr. 26, 2012
Science Scholar of the Year Mark Noble, a chemistry major who was also named USU's Scholar of the Year at the April 21 Robins Awards, begins studies at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in August 2012.
Geology undergrad Dallas Nutt, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran, received special recognition at the April 25 awards ceremony. Nutt, who received a Questar Science Scholarship and a spring 2012 URCO grant, is recovering from critical illness.
Utah State University’s College of Science hosted an awards ceremony and reception April 25 to recognize the college’s top scholars.
“Today we honor our students for their hard work and their achievements,” said Jim MacMahon, trustee professor and dean of the college. “We also honor our faculty and staff for their mentorship of students, excellence in research and their efforts in providing meaningful learning opportunities.”
The college’s Scholar of the Year is Mark Noble, who was also named Utah State University’s Scholar of the Year at the April 21 Robins Awards.
Valedictorian is Victor Carlson, who is featured student speaker at USU’s May 5 commencement ceremony. Scott Roy is Peak Prize Undergraduate Researcher of the Year and Britain Parrish was named Undergraduate Teaching Fellow of the Year.
Graduate Student (MS) Researcher of the Year is Tasha Prettyman, who represented the college in USU’s Graduate Student Senate during the 2011-12 academic year. Graduate Student (PhD) Researcher of the Year is Alina Sergeeva and Graduate Student Teacher of the Year is Matthew J. Lewis.
A-Pin recipients are Anna Alex, Thomas Anderson, Stacy Bartholomew, Katherine Bell, Jacob Blotter, Victor Carlson, Jeffrey Frandsen, Maria Goller, Elise Griffin, Kazia Jaggie, Jacy Johnson, Nathan Kunzler, Bryant Loosle, Sarah Mousley, Manuel Pichardo Marcano and Jordan Rozum.
College of Science student senator Joe Watson was recognized for his service. Honored at the ceremony were fellow 2010-11 Science Council members, including 2012-13 senator-elect Bailee Binks.
2011-12 College of Science Ambassadors Marrie Bailey, Emily Ferry, Alexis Halling, Linsey Johnson, A.J. Knight, Baley Kynaston, Brandon Martin, Brooke Siler and David Tate were also honored at the ceremony.
Receiving special recognition were 2012 Goldwater Scholar Sarah Mousley and Goldwater honorable mention recipients Jordan Rozum and Rachel Ward.
Recognized as Honors graduates were Rylee Gregory, Brandon Martin and Taylor Rasmussen.
College of Science Undergraduate Research Minigrant recipients for 2012-13 are Elizabeth Horne, Jory Johnson, Jessica Shaw and Brennan Young.
Other undergraduate scholarship recipients for 2012-13 include Jeremiah Bearss, Amber Bilodeau, Zachary Butterfield, Megan Davis, Dustin Ellsworth, Clarissa Fackrell, Jeffrey Frandsen, Jonathan Gish, Scott Heiner, Jeremy Hidalgo, Jeffrey Job, Bryant Loosle, Katelin Madsen, Kalie McCulloch, Gilbert Nelson, Dallas Nutt, Melissa Ogilvie, Lauren Olsen, Adam Rasmussen, Kim Rawlins, Mikayla Reid, Jason Richards, Steven Roberts, Kathryn Sanders, Clay Shumway, Janel Warren and Camille Woodward.
Graduate fellowships and scholarships went to Robert Call, Todd Jones, Eui Min Kim, Gwen Moise, Chamania Pritish, Alok Shenoy, Geoffrey Smith and Amber Stokes. Doctoral student Michael Rigley is USU’s first recipient of a National Physical Science Consortium Fellowship.
Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year is Sean Johnson and Faculty Researcher of the Year is Christopher Corcoran. Faculty Teacher of the Year is Claudia Mora Bornholdt.
Faculty member Lawrence Cannon received special recognition for 50 years of service. Robert Heal and Jim MacMahon were honored for 40 years of service.
Also recognized at the ceremony were Robert Schunk for 35 years of service, Leroy Beasley and Dave Liddell for 30 years of service and Dave Bregenzer, Donna Cartwright and Jim Evans for 25 years of service.
The College of Science includes the academic departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics and Statistics, Geology and Physics.