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CEOE Honors Day 2016

Graduate student achievements recognized at annual Honors Day event May 13, 2016.  

Honors-Day-Group-Web.jpgMay 20, 2016–The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) community gathered in Clayton Hall on UD’s Newark campus on Friday, May 13 to recognize students during Honors Day.

Faculty, alumni, administrators and distinguished guests highlighted the achievements, promise and future plans of graduate students in the School of Marine Science and Policy, Department of Geological Sciences and Department of Geography.

“Graduate 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,” said CEOE Acting Dean Mohsen Badiey.

Badiey also introduced the keynote speaker, Kirk Malloy, who earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in marine biosciences at University of Delaware in 1991 and 1993, respectively, under the direction of Professor Tim Targett.

In his address, Malloy, now a business strategy consultant and executive coach at GrowthSource, Inc. and president of the CEOE Dean’s Advisory Council, encouraged students to cultivate convergence, develop superpowers and embrace the power of second choices.

Convergence, he explained, is the ability to work “across all academic disciplines”—not just the sciences—and across cultural, political, geographical and personal boundaries, too, to create experiential learning and to translate basic research into real world solutions.

Technical proficiency, he continued, is important, but so is appreciating where one’s own work intersects that of others, and the ability to build life skills and mentor or be mentored by others. It is these non-scientific capabilities that lead to superpowers—traits that set people apart from their peers. As examples, Malloy pointed to Acting President Nancy Targett’s superpower ability to be “genuine and brave” and Acting Dean Mohsen Badiey’s ability to be “earnest and humble.”

In recounting his own career path, Malloy shared that sometimes where he ended up was different than where he thought he was headed. Each time, though, it was the power of second choices that propelled him to greater opportunity, achievement and success.

“The rapid convergence of business, entrepreneurship, science, technology, sociology and service is where you find yourself as you move towards the next phase of your career. Leverage your superpowers; leverage your second choices; and leverage the incredible gift of a CEOE education to meet the challenge to lead a purposeful life,” Malloy said.

Student honors 

The following students were recognized during the awards recognition section of the program:

Recent alum Adam Disque earned the E. Sam Fitz Award for academic excellence and public service. Disque is currently a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii where he oversees the international and domestic enforcement operations for the Pacific Ocean.

Alyssa J. Findlay, who earned her doctoral degree with distinction in oceanography, was awarded the Frances Severance Award. Findlay is currently conducting post-doctoral research at Ben Gurion University of The Negev in Israel as a Fulbright Scholar. Findlay also received the Theodore Wolf Prize in Physical and Life Sciences during the University’s doctoral hooding ceremony in spring 2015. 

Other fellowships and scholarships announced by Acting Dean Mohsen Badiey included the following: 

University Graduate Fellows Award for academic commitment and potential: Edward Carr, Chelsea Leiper and Veronique Oldham.

University Dissertation Fellows Awards in honor of academic achievement: Megan Cimino, Asia Dowtin and Shengbai Xie.

Marian R. Okie Fellowships were awarded to Lu Han, Meredith Kurz, Timothy Pilegard and Laura Smith.

Julia Hagemeyer received the Joanne Currier Daiber Fellowship, which is named in honor of the first female marine scientist hired by the University.

School of Marine Science and Policy Program Fellowships were awarded to Jason Button, Stephanie Dohner and Michael Scaboo.

Dean John A. Knauss Fellowship was given to Erica Wales.

The Magers Family Fellowship, which supports students focused on wind and sustainable energy, was awarded to Michelle Burt and Lance Noel.

Mather Graduate Fellows included Sarmistha Chatterjee, Amanda Doremus, Asia Dowtin, Michalea King, Jessica Lee and Zac Suriano.

Asia Dowtin also earned the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholars Award; while Patricia Lawston received the NASA Earth Space Science Fellowship.

Lauren Knapp and Yang Pan earned UD-DEMAC Graduate Fellowship for Wind Energy Research awards.

Autumn Kidwell was recognized with the NASA Delaware Space Grant Fellowship.

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Fellowship went to Brandon Boyd.

Tobias Ackerman was awarded the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping Grant (NDF).

Molly Ashur was named an NSF Graduate Research Program Fellow.

DENIN Environmental Fellows Tobias Ackerman, Jean Brodeur, Corie Charpentier and Mahfuzur Khan were recognized.

Jacob Hilzinger and Katie Kalis received Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) awards.

The Delaware Sea Grant Student Award was given to Daniel Torre, whose research explored how nutrients from the inland bays watershed may be controlling the makeup and biomass of the phytoplankton community in the bay system. 

Ujwala Ramakrishna received the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy Award.

The following students received special recognition:

Jessica Lee and Nathan Thayer, Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Geography

Sean Hudson and Zac Suriano, Research Assistant Award, Department of Geography

Sarmistha Chatterjee, 2015 AGU Best Research Presentation and ESRI Internship in the Software Products Division

Janice Hudson and Kathryn Wheeler, 2015 AGU Oustanding Student Paper Award

Asia Dowtin, 2015 AWRA Outstanding Student Chapter Award

Mahmoud Sherif, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Department of Geological Sciences

Jeremy Keeler and Jennifer Schoenstein, Outstanding Senior Award, Department of Geological Sciences

Caraline Canning, Excellence in Geoscience Award

Kara Hoppes, Special Merit Award in Geological Sciences

James Heiss, 2015 Editor’s Choice Award, Water Resources Research

Joseph Brodie, 2nd place Student Oral Presentation Competition of the Weather, Climate, Water and the New Energy Economy at the 2016 AMS meeting

Danielle Ferraro, Best Student Poster Award, Biennial International Pectinid Workshop

Danielle Haulsee, Best Talk Award, Regional Aquatics Workshop “Best of RAW”

Jacob Hilzinger, 2nd place Oral Presentation, University of Delaware Microbial Systems Symposium

Veronique Oldham, 2015 AGU Outstanding Student Presentation Award

Ian Rambo, 3rd place Oral Presentation, University of Delaware Microbial Systems Symposium

Kristin Yoshimura, Honorable mention, NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship; and 3rd place Poster Presentation, University of Delaware Microbial Systems Symposium

Faculty recognitions include the following:

  • Thomas E. Hanson, Distinguished Lecturer in microbiology at Miami University of Ohio
  • Delphis Levia, Invitation Fellowship by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • George W. Luther III, Fellow of the American Chemical Society
  • Holly Michael, 2015 Editor’s Choice Award, Water Resources Research
  • George R. Parsons, elected to the Board of Directors of the Benefit-Cost Analysis Society
  • Neil Sturchio, elected to the Executive Committee of the National Synchrotron Light Source, Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Xiao-Hai Yan, Best Associate Editor Award from Science China-Earth Science Journal

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School of Marine Science & Policy

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