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CEOE Honors Day 2017

Exceptional Graduate Students Recognized at Annual Honors Day

Honors Day 2017 webMembers of The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) gathered in the Marine Sciences Library on UD’s Hugh R Sharp campus in Lewes, Del., on Friday May 5, to celebrate the accomplishments of graduate students in the School of Marine Science and Policy, Department of Geological Sciences and Department of Geography.

Acting Dean Mohsen Badiey welcomed faculty, alumni, and distinguished guests to the newly renovated Lewes campus, saying, “I am proud of the hard work and significant achievements of our master’s and doctoral students. These accomplishments secure their place in the long tradition of excellence at CEOE.”

Following the presentation of awards, Badiey introduced the event’s keynote speaker, Jonathan Pennock, director of the National Sea Grant College Program, which is housed in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“As a Sea Grant college, we are fortunate that Dr. Pennock has brought his understanding of coastal science and local sea grant programs to Washington, D.C.,” Badiey said.

Pennock earned his master’s degree in marine studies and doctoral degree in oceanography from UD, in 1981 and 1983, respectively.

In his remarks, Pennock encouraged the students to take opportunities, follow their passion and “use research to make a difference.”

“It’s up to us—and you—to break barriers down and communicate why science is important. This is more important today than it has ever been,” he said.

Pennock also reflected on his time at UD, in particular his experiences on the Lewes campus. But it wasn’t the research activities or the classes, he said, that were most memorable.

“The people you meet and work with will shape who you are,” he said, encouraging the students to take the friendships with them as they move on to new things.

In closing, Badiey congratulated the students on their achievements and encouraged them to remain engaged at UD.

“University of Delaware, and in particular the Lewes campus, is a place that people return. We look forward to seeing you on campus long after you graduate,” he said.

Student honors

The following students received recognition during the awards section of the program:

Megan Cimino, who earned her doctoral degree in oceanography, was awarded the Frances Severance Award. Cimino is currently a post-doctoral scholar in the Coastal Observing Research and Development Center at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Kenneth Hoadley, who earned his doctoral degree with distinction in marine studies, was awarded the Frances Severance Award. Hoadley is now a post-doctoral fellow with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California.

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

Chelsea Leiper received the University Graduate Fellows Award.

Alexis Cunningham won the University Graduate Scholars Award.

Veronique Oldham and Yosef Shirazi were recognized with the University Dissertation Fellows Award.      

Kathleen Gamble, Joseph Gradone, Christopher Grasso, Lu Han, Lane Johnston, Nicole Rucker and Yuechen Shi were awarded the Marian R. Okie Fellowship.

The Joanne Currier Daiber Fellowship was granted to Kristin Yoshimura.

Timothy Bateman, Paul Leingang, Emily Ruhl and Zhaojun Wang were awarded The School of Marine Science and Policy Program Fellowship.

Lauren Knapp was awarded the Dean John A. Knauss Fellowship.

Lauren Knapp and Meghan Rowe were presented with the Magers Family Fellowship.

Sarmistha Chatterjee, Asia Dowtin , William Goldman, Janice Hudson, Zac Suriano and Nathan Thayer were awarded Mather Graduate Fellowships.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Millennium Scholars Educational Support Award was given to Asia Dowtin.

The NASA Earth Space Science Fellowship was granted to Patricia Lawston.

Christine Hirt and Yang Pan were selected to receive the UD-DEMAC Graduate Fellowship for Wind Energy Research.

Sean McAllister was awared the NASA Delaware Space Grant Fellowship.

Molly Ashur was granted the NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship.

2016-2017 DENIN Environmental Fellows were Tobias Ackerman, Corie Charpentier, Julia Guimond and Lingxiao Yan.

Jacob Hilzinger earned the Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT).

Tonya Atherton won the Gamma Theta Upsilon Rechlin Scholarship Award for 2016 and the National Association of Veterans’ Program Administrators Scholarship Award for 2017.

Christine Hirt was granted the Energy Impacts Symposium Graduate and
Early Career Travel Fellowship for 2017.

The DELPHI Summer Research Fellowship Award for 2017 went to Chelsea Leiper.

The Phycological Society of America Grant in Aid of Research was awarded to Yuechen Shi.

Molly Ashur was awarded the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean Student Grant in Aid for 2016.

The 2017 Kansas Natural Resources Conference Scholarship went to Sarmistha Chatterjee.

The Delaware Sea Grant Student Award, presented by the director of National Sea Grant College Program, Jonathan Pennock, was awarded to Stephanie Dohner.

Meredith Kurz won the Center for Marine Policy Award.

Special Student recognitions, announced by Department of Geography Chair Delphis Levia, Department of Geological Sciences Professor Susan McGeary and School of Marine Science and Policy Director Mark A. Moline, were as follows:

Amanda Doremus was recognized with the Department of Geography Teaching Assistant Award.

Emily Aiken and Andrew Benjamin were recognized with the Department of Geography Research Assistant Award.

Chelsea Leiper was recognized by Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialties Group (GFASG), as a Graduate Research Grant Honorable Mention.

Coty Cribb was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Geological Sciences.

The Outstanding Senior Award in Geological Sciences went to Margaret Krauthauser.

Celine Cumming won the Excellence in Geoscience Award.

Special Merit Award in Geological Sciences was awarded to Katherine Diaz.

The First Place Student Presentation at the 2017 Delaware Estuary Science and Environmental Summit was given to Stephanie Dohner.

The 2016 Best Poster Award at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) in Beijing China was won by Wenfang Lu.

Lane Johnston was awarded the 1st Place Poster Award at the 2017 DENIN Graduate Student Research Symposium.

Emily Ruhl won 4th Place Winner in the 2016 DENIN Pitch:90 Competition.

Special Faculty Recognitions included the following:

Clara Chan, 2017-18 Distinguished Lecturer, Mineralogical Society of America

James Corbett, elected vice chair of the Marine Environment Committee’s Transportation Research Board

Helga Huntley and A. D. Kirwan, 49th Alan Berman ARPAD/Edison Patent Award  

Pablo Hug, named MEL Visiting Fellow at Xiamen University.

David Legates, appointed to the Board of the Certified Consulting Meteorologists, American Meteorological Society.

Delphis Levia, Editor’s Choice Award in Biotropica Journal and Outstanding Reviewer for Biogeochemistry

Doug Miller, named 2017 UD Study Abroad Director of the Year

Mark A. Moline and Neil Sturchio, Project of the Year Awards, the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, Department of Defense.

Jim Pizzuto, appointed to the AGU Meetings Strategy Task Force.

Neil Sturchio, appointed member of the Committee of Visitors for the DOE Office of Biological and Environmental Research, Climate and Environmental Systems Division

The ceremony closed with a reception to celebrate the talent and accomplishments of the above students. To see pictures from the event, view the photo gallery.


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Geological Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography

Investigating the interactions between people and the environment and the processes that explain the location of human and natural phenomena.

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