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CEOE Honors Day 2018

Accomplishments of graduate students acknowledged at annual event

On Friday May 4th, students, faculty and staff of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment gathered in the Marine Studies Library for the annual Honors Day, an event which recognizes the achievements of the College’s graduate students. Opening remarks were delivered by Dean Estella Atekwana, who emphasized the achievements of not only the students of CEOE but the faculty as well. This was followed by a number of awards presented by the College faculty, which recognized the professional and academic achievements of many students.

honors day 2018Following the presentation of awards, Dean Atekwana introduced this year’s featured speaker, Ann Masse. A UD alumna and current vice president of the Barrick Gold mining corporation, Masse shared her perspective on how earning her Ph.D. in oceanography at UD prepared her for the career she has had in private industry overseeing environmental, health and safety issues, first for DuPont and later for two mining companies.

During her remarks, Masse reflected on her time at CEOE, recounting the things she learned that influenced her life afterwards. She said some of the most important skills she gained from UD were learning to write and communicate well, learning statistics – “the worst course” she ever took but uses every day - and learning a scientific mindset, to “look at real-world problems from a different angle.”

But the most influential moment, said Masse, came outside of classes when she came to a professor in the college at the time and shared how overwhelmed she felt by graduate school. He told her not to worry, that all she had to do was work hard, and if she wanted it enough, she would work hard enough.

"I was thinking about what made the big difference in my career,” Masse said. "What I learned most was not being afraid to fail. Everything I've done in my career, I've taken those chances, and I've done something different with my life.”

In light of this lesson, Masse offered an analogous piece of advice to students: "To be able to do something that you passionately believe in, just go for it. Don't be afraid of failing. Just go for it. Change the world, and make it a better place."

In her closing remarks, Dean Atekwana congratulated the students on their achievements. She went on to emphasize how Masse’s story is a testament to the fact that UD does not simply prepare a student for one particular job, but rather gives them the skill sets and the ability to be lifelong learners, capable of succeeding at whatever it is they set their minds to.

Student Honors

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

The E. Sam Fitz Award, presented by Associate Professor Matthew Oliver, was awarded to Danielle Haulsee, Ph.D.

The Frances Severance Award, presented by School of Marine Science and Policy Director Mark Moline, was awarded to Veronique Oldham, Ph.D.

The CEOE Community Engagement Award, presented by Marine Advisory Service Specialist Chris Petrone, was awarded to Christopher Grasso

Fellowships and scholarships, announced by Assistant Dean Janis Lopez, included the following:

Carter DuVal and Chelsea Leiper received the University Doctoral Fellowship Award.

Alexis Cunninham, Cassandra Harris, Maoli Vizcaino and Cassandra Wentzel were awarded the University Graduate Scholars Award.

Asia Dowtin, Sean McAllister and Zachary Suriano were recognized with the University Dissertation Fellows Award.      

Weiyand Bao, Melanie Brennan, Samuel Fielding, Robert Jaquette and Kyle Runion were awarded the Marian R. Okie Fellowship.

The Joanne Currier Daiber Fellowship was granted to Laura Smith.

Brian Cortes, Taylor Deemer, Kristen Fellows, Maryam Golbazi, Xinyu Li, Victoria Simons and Xin Wang were awarded The School of Marine Science and Policy Program Fellowship.

Janice Hudson was awarded the Department of Geography Fellowship Award.

Meredith Kurz was awarded the Dean John A. Knauss Fellowship.

Marie Rucker and Yang Pan were presented with the Magers Family Fellowship.

Tonya Atherton, Jaime Barrett, Sean Hudson, Yao Li, Samantha Speck and Todd Sundberg were named the Mather Graduate Fellows.

Aaron Russell and Gwendolyn Larson were selected to receive the UD-DEMAC Graduate Fellowship for Wind Energy Research
Molly Ashur was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowship

2017-2018 DENIN Environmental Fellows were Tobias Ackerman, Corie Charpentier, Julia Guimond, Krya Kim and Lingxiao Yan.

Lauren Knapp was awarded the ORISE Fellowship—Oak Ridge National Lab.

Asia Dowtin was awarded the Bill Anderson Fund Fellowship.

The Delaware Sea Grant Student Award, presented by the Delaware Sea Grant Advisory Council Chair Gerard Esposito, was awarded to Matthew Doelp.

The Delaware Mobile Surf-Fisherman Scholarship, presented by Vice President, Delaware Mobile Surf-Fisherman Clark Evans and School of Marine Science and Policy Director Mark Moline, was awarded to Stephanie Dohner.

The Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy Award, presented by School of Marine Science and Policy Director Mark Moline, was awarded to Alexis Maxwell.

Special student recognitions, announced by Department of Geography Chair Delphis Levia, Department of Geological Sciences Neil Sturchio and School of Marine Science and Policy Director Mark A. Moline, were as follows:

Janice Hudson and Daniel Moore were recognized with the Department of Geography Teaching Assistant Award.

Janice Hudson and Zachary Suriano were recognized with the Department of Geography Research Assistant Award.

Janice Hudson received the University Of Delaware Women Of Promise Award.

Janice Hudson and Kathryn Wheeler were recognized with the Outstanding Student Poster Award at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

William Goldman was awarded the 1st Place Oral Presentation Award at the 2017 CEOE Graduate Student Research Symposium.

Mojtaba Moghani was awarded the 1st Place Poster Award at the 2017 CEOE Graduate Student Research Symposium.

Karyn DeFranco and Tyler Buchanan were recognized with the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award in Geological Sciences.

Danielle Viverito was recognized with the Outstanding Senior Award in Geological Sciences.

Troy Saltiel received the Excellence in Geoscience Award.

Maya Krasker received the Special Merit Award in Geological Sciences.

Carter DuVal was recognized with the Outstanding Student Poster Award at the 2017 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

Kaliopi Bousses was awarded the Best Student Talk Award at the University of Delaware Microbial Systems Symposium.

Cassandra Harris, Amelia Harrison and Rebecca Vandzura were recognized with the Best Student Poster Presentations at the University of Delaware Microbial Systems Symposium.

Emily Ruhl was the 1st Place Winner in the 2017 DENIN Pitch:90 Competition.

Molly Ashur was the 2ndPlace Winner in the 2017 DENIN Pitch:90 Competition.

Joseph Gradone was the 3rd Place Winner in the 2017 DENIN Pitch:90 Competition.

Special Faculty Recognitions included the following:

Saleem Ali, selected for the United Nations International Resources Panel.

Biliana Cicin-Sain, 2017 Champion of the Ocean Award, Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University.

Jonathan Cohen, 2017 Visiting Fellow, Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland.

Daniel Leathers, Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) Climate Specialty Group.

Matthew Oliver, University of Delaware 2017 Outstanding Doctoral Graduate Advising and Mentoring Award.

George Parsons, Associate Editor of Resource and Energy Economics.

James Pizzuto, appointed as a member of the AGU Governance Committee.

Jessica Warren, appointed to the GeoPRISMS Steering & Oversight Committee.

Xiao-Hai Yan, AGU Journals’ top 10 most downloaded papers.

Joanna York, University of Delaware 2018 Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising Award

 

 

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