2016 Awards Ceremony and College of Science Convocation


May 11, 2016 was a happy day of recognition for many of our undergraduate and graduate students who have worked so hard on their studies and research to achieve this milestone.

In the morning, an awards ceremony honoring the top undergraduates and graduates was jointly held by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, the School of Systems Biology, and the Department of Biology.  Faculty, awardees and their families, and staff were treated to a brunch before an opening statement by Dr. Larry Rockwood (Chair, Department of Biology) led the presentation of awards at 11:00am.

The day of recognition and celebration for ESP students and faculty continued in the afternoon with the College of Science Convocation at the EagleBank Arena at 3:00pm.

Lastly, a note of thanks to Dr. Chris Parsons who provided the majority of the pictures below.


Environmental Science & Policy Awards

Outstanding Climate Change Undergraduate Student
Chelsi Strange

Outstanding Ecological Science Undergraduate Student
Kelly Floro
Honorable Mention: Sarah Brown, Shana Rock

Outstanding Environmental Health Undergraduate Student
Christine Figan
Honorable Mention: Chase Altizer

Outstanding Marine, Freshwater, and Estuarine Ecology Undergraduate Student
Katherine Saalbach
Honorable Mention: Shannon Pace

Outstanding Conservation Undergraduate Student
Hannah Miller
Sarah Pedicord

Best Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation Award
Melissa Hawkins
Jason O’Bryhim
Honorable Mention: Michelle Ryan, Katheryn Patterson, Carmen Bernett, Emily Cella

Best Master’s of Science Thesis Award
William Norfolk
Honorable Mention: Amanda Sills

Exceptional Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Student Teacher Award
Jennifer Lewis
Amanda Sills
Katheryn Patterson
Honorable Mention: William Norfolk, Serenity Montaño

Greatest Impact Award
Ashley Sitar
Honorable Mentions: Katheryn Patterson, Michelle Ryan


Pictures from the Awards Ceremony (clicking on the thumbnails will open a larger image):

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Pictures from the College of Science Convocation (clicking on the thumbnails will open a larger image):

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Important Dates for Students

SPRING 2020 Semester (modified due to COVID-19)

MLK Day (university closed): Jan 20

First day of classes: Jan 21

Spring Break (extended): Mar 9-20

Dissertation/Thesis Deadline: May 8

Last day of classes: May 11

Reading Day(s): May 12

Final Exam Period: May 13-20

University Commencement: May 22 (tentative)

COVID-19 DATE CHANGES – For the complete modified spring calendar, see https://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/spring-2020/ and for latest COVID-19 updates, see: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus