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April 21, 2016 at 1:07 pm

Environmental & Plant Biology Celebrates Student Achievements

Environmental & Plant Biology seniors honored at the Medal Ceremony, from left: Emily Spearman, Haley McAleer, Isaac Pouliot Adam Cook, Megan Osika, Christopher Benson. Not present: Nicolette Anderson and Nathan Becker.

Environmental & Plant Biology seniors honored at the Medal Ceremony, from left: Emily Spearman, Haley McAleer, Isaac Pouliot Adam Cook, Megan Osika, Christopher Benson. Not present: Nicolette Anderson and Nathan Becker.

Amaryllis image used on medal taken in the botanical garden by Harold Blazier, Greenhouse Manager

Amaryllis image used on medal taken in the botanical garden by Harold Blazier, Greenhouse Manager

Ohio University Environmental & Plant Biology faculty, students, and staff gathered at the department’s annual Awards Ceremony April 14 to look back on the year’s highlights, honor graduating seniors, recognize scholarship recipients, and acknowledge graduate student accomplishments.

During a special medal ceremony, graduating seniors received a custom medal on a ribbon that can be worn at commencement and kept as a memento. The botanical image on the medal changes each year. For 2016, the image is an orange Amaryllis.

Scholarship recipients from left, Christopher Benson, Justin Williams, Aaron Robertson, Morgan Varner, Ayden Wilson, Jordan Francisco, and Samuel Kirkeng

Scholarship recipients from left, Christopher Benson, Justin Williams, Aaron Robertson, Morgan Varner, Ayden Wilson, Jordan Francisco, and Samuel Kirkeng

Seven undergraduate students received Department Scholarships.

  • Morgan Varner and Ayden Wilson shared the Professor Arthur Blickle Botany Scholarship for Women. Varner also received the Charles E. Miller Scholarship. Wilson also received a Stocker Scholarship.
  • Samuel Kirkeng was awarded the Lela A. Ewers Science Scholarship.
  • Stocker Scholarships were given to Jordan Francisco, Justin Williams and Aaron Robertson.
  • Francisco also was chosen by Dr. Gar Rothwell to receive a Distinguished Professor Scholarship.
  • The Thomas and Edna Wolfe Scholarship went to Francisco, a junior, and Christopher Benson, a senior.
Dr. Morgan Vis recognizes Nicholas Tomeo with the department’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Dr. Morgan Vis recognizes Nicholas Tomeo with the department’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award.

Ph.D. candidate Nicholas Tomeo was named the Department’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant and also was recognized for receiving the Graduate College Fellowship for 2016-17.

“It has been my pleasure to share the department’s achievements with you and to celebrate another great year together,” said Department Chair Dr. Morgan Vis, as she closed the ceremony.

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