Celebrating graduate students’ recent accomplishments and future endeavors, the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) community gathered in Lewes on May 9 for Honors Day. Faculty, alumni, administrators and distinguished guests highlighted the achievements and promise of graduate students in the School of Marine Science and Policy, Department of Geological Sciences and Department of Geography.
“These students are our future thought leaders, our ambassadors for the University and the ones to whom we will look for solutions that support a sustainable global economy,” CEOE Dean Nancy Targett said.
View photos from the events on CEOE’s Facebook page.
Targett introduced the featured speaker, CEOE alumna Lindsay Kendall (pictured at right with Targett), who serves as associate director of genetic analysis at GENEWIZ, Inc. Kendall described her professional journey from graduate school to a management role in the corporate world.
“One thing I learned was: Opportunities – you have to fight for them,” Kendall said.
She went on to identify opportunities and trends that she sees in the biotechnology field right now: algae research for biofuels, synthetic biology for medicine development, bioinformatics for improved data analysis, and combining a scientific background with an MBA or business-world skills. Kendall encouraged students to look at current job openings on Linked In and determine areas where they could broaden their skillsets.
“If you have a gap, now is the time to fill it,” she said.
During the awards recognition section of the program, the day’s first honoree was Kelley Appleman Myers, who earned a doctorate in marine policy and studied the economic value of shorebirds. She received the E. Sam Fitz Award for her outstanding academic work and public service.
The Frances Severance Award recipient was Amy Gartman, who studied the pyrite nanoparticles at hydrothermal vents and currently is a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University.
Corie Charpentier, a doctoral student in marine biosciences, received the CEOE Volunteer of the Year Award for her role as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and volunteer efforts. Charpentier also received the Joanne Currier Daiber Fellowship, which is named in honor of the first female marine scientist hired by the University.
The University Graduate Scholars Award, granted based on professional commitment and potential, went to Asia Dowtin. Receiving the University Graduate Fellows Awards for academic accomplishments were Joseph Brodie, Carly Phelps and Christopher Russoniello.
The DuPont Clear into the Future Graduate Student Fellowship, which supports efforts to increase scientific understanding of the Delaware Estuary, was awarded to oceanography doctoral students Sarah Fischer and Matthew Breece.
Heather Cronin, Laura Tobak and Kaitlin Tucker were awarded School of Marine Science and Policy Program Fellowships.
Brandon Boyd and Elizabeth Bernstein were recognized for receiving Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Fellowships from the Department of Defense.
Joseph Russell, marine biosciences doctoral student, was recognized for receiving an NSF Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations Fellowship.
The Magers Family Fellowships, which support students focused on wind and sustainable energy, were awarded to Alison Bates and Lance Noel.
Margaret Christie received two recognitions: Phycological Society of America Hannah T. Croasdale Fellowship and University of Iowa Eugene F. Stoermer Diatom Scholarship.
The Delaware Sea Grant Student Award was given to Daniel MacDonald for his work on environmental chemistry.
Alexis Martin received the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy Award.
Additional student awards and honors:
- Chelsea Leiper and Eric Pugliano: Department of Geography Graduate Research Award
- Adam Pearson and Trevor Metz: Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Geological Sciences
- Karrie Kolesar and Pieter Kreyns: Excellence in Geosciences Award
- Emily Cline: Outstanding Senior Award for Geosciences
- Chris Myers: Special Merit Award for Geosciences
- William Bessmer: 2014 Rona R. Mears Writing and Scholarship Award by the American Bar Association’s Section on International Law
- Kateryna Samoteskul: Best Student Poster at the American Wind Energy Conference, Providence, RI
- Regina McCormack (first author) and Lance Noel (second author): Best Student Poster at the European Wind Energy Association Offshore Wind Conference, Frankfurt, Germany
- Alison Bates: Honorable Mention Poster Award in the Business/Permitting/Social Science Category at the American Wind Energy Conference, Providence, RI
- Alexander Davies: Selected to the Surface Ocean Lower Atmospheric Summer School, Xiamen, China
- Veronique Oldham: Outstanding Student Presentation Award, 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI
- Jennifer F. Biddle: 2013–2014 Distinguished Lecturer by the U.S. Science Support NSF Program
- Victor V. Klemas: Honorary Doctorate from Klaipeda University, Lithuania
in recognition for achievements in the field of environmental remote sensing
- Tobias Kukulka: NSF Faculty Early Career Award
- Daniel J. Leathers: Elected President of the American Association of State Climatologists
- Delphis F. Levia, Jr.: Guest Professorship at Nagoya University, Japan, and Series Editor of Springer’s Ecological Studies Series
- George W. Luther, III: 2014 Fellow of the Geochemical Society
- Holly A. Michael: Unidel Fraser Russel Career Development Chair of the Environment
- Matthew J. Oliver: National Academy of Sciences Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow
- April R. Veness: Exemplary Achievement in Community Service Certificate from the
Carnegie Elective Community Engagement Classification Task Force