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2022 annual awards ceremony honors NatSci faculty, staff and students

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Thirty-five outstanding MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci) faculty, staff and students were recognized for their achievements and contributions at the NatSci Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, held Nov. 18 at the STEM Teaching and Learning Facility on campus. More than 100 faculty, staff, students, family and friends attended the event.

NatSci Dean Phil Duxbury speaks to attendees at the 2022 NatSci Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony in a classroom at the STEM Teaching and Learning Facility.
NatSci Dean Phil Duxbury shares remarks about the state of the college before the annual awards ceremony to more than 100 attendees at the 2022 NatSci Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony. Credit: Harley J. Seeley

The awards are based on nominations submitted from across the college and are evaluated by the NatSci Awards Committee and the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science staff.

“On behalf of NatSci faculty, staff and students I am pleased to congratulate and thank this year's award winners for their outstanding contributions,” said NatSci Dean Phil Duxbury. “Their leadership and hard work make NatSci a better place, and it is an honor to recognize their efforts and to be inspired by their commitment to excellence.”

This year’s award recipients are:

Outstanding Faculty Award

  • Robert Maleczka, Department of Chemistry
  • Frances Trail, Department of Plant Biology
  • Jie Wei, Department of Physics and Astronomy/FRIB
  • Angela Wilson, Department of Chemistry/Dean’s Office

Research Leadership Award

  • Alex Brown, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Jiming Jiang, Department of Plant Biology

Mid-Career Research Award

  • Shannon Manning, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
  • Shinhan Shiu, Department of Plant Biology

Early Career Research Award

  • Kendall Mahn, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Phoebe Zarnetske, Department of Integrative Biology

Teacher-Scholar Award

  • Sophia Lunt, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Brent Nelson, Department of Mathematics

Undergraduate Teaching Award

  • Kevin Haudek, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Jaideep Singh, Department of Physics and Astronomy/FRIB

Junior Faculty Mentoring Award

  • Amy Ralston, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Dean’s Office

Postdoctoral Mentoring Award

  • Diane Ebert-May, Department of Plant Biology

Distinguished Academic Staff Award

  • Kathryn Severin, Department of Chemistry

Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award

  • Sheba Onchiri, Department of Chemistry

Graduate Academic Advisor Award

  • Remco Zegers, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Support Staff Award

  • Julie Pozega, Center for Integrative Studies in General Science (CISGS)
  • Tiphani Scott, Department of Chemistry

Excellence-in-Teaching-Citation

  • Kevin McCormick, Department of Integrative Biology/Biological Sciences Program
  • Joseph Riedy, Department of Integrative Biology

Undergraduate Learning Assistant Award

  • Ava Bassett, Neuroscience Program
  • Christina Liu, Department of Integrative Biology

Faculty Teaching Prize

  • Michael Brown, Department of Mathematics
  • Corrine Higley, Biological Sciences Program
  • Krystyna Kijewska, Department of Chemistry
  • Dola Pathak, Department of Statistics and Probability

Norman L. and Olga K. Fritz Excellence-in-Teaching Award

Devin Silvia, Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE)

In addition to the NatSci awards, the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science (CISGS) made four awards:

Lorena V. Blinn Endowed Teaching Award

  • Matt Oney, CISGS

 James D. Hoeschele Endowed Teaching Award

  • Scott Winterstein, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

 Ronald W. Wilson Endowed Teaching Award

  • Rachel Lund, Department of Mathematics

 Harlo Mervyn Mork Memorial Excellence-in-Teaching Award

  • Sierra Carsten and Jack Schulte, Department of Physics and Astronomy

For more information on the 2022 NatSci Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, visit https://natsci.msu.edu/faculty-staff/awards/index.aspx

 

Banner image: Thirty-five outstanding MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci) faculty, staff and students were recognized for their achievements and contributions at the NatSci Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, held Nov. 18 at the STEM Teaching and Learning Facility on campus. More than 100 faculty, staff, students, family and friends attended the event.