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2012 College of Science Graduate Student Awards


For the fifth consecutive year, the College of Science and the Associate Graduate Council for the College of Science (AGCCS) have sponsored graduate student award honors in the areas of service, teaching, and scholarship.

Kudos to 2012 recipients of the department awards: Kathryn Gardner-Vandy (Service), Christa Van Laerhoven (Teaching), and Nikole Lewis (Scholarship) for receipt of the 2012 College of Science Graduate Student Awards. Nikole Lewis was also selected as recipient of the college-wide award for Scholarship.

Kathryn, Christa, and Nikole were awarded for their accomplishments in the following areas:


Service (Kathryn Gardner-Vandy): attention to broader impacts and involvement in activities outside of academic responsibilities that benefit the department, university and the larger community. For example, representing graduate student interests on councils or committees, organizing graduate student events, helping with departmental recruitment, K-12 outreach, etc.


Teaching (Christa Van Laerhoven): teaching or mentoring that goes above and beyond what is required; positive evaluations or other feedback from students, willingness to help junior graduate students, etc.


Scholarship (Nikole Lewis): outstanding research publications, presentations at meetings, scholarships awarded.

The students were recognized at the College of Science Awards Ceremony held on April 27, 2012, at the University Park Marriott Hotel.

Congratulations Kat, Christa, and Nikole!



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