2020 Outstanding Faculty and Students

Portrait of Jacquelyn Gill

Gill named 2020 recipient of Outstanding Public Service Award

The Outstanding Public Service Award honors faculty who make significant contributions to the University of Maine’s mission of service—disseminating university resources into the community. It is among the most prestigious faculty awards bestowed by the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. With every tweet, podcast, blog post and press interview, Jacquelyn Gill breaks down […]

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Portrait of Brian McGill

McGill named 2020 recipient of Outstanding Research Award

The Outstanding Research Award honors faculty who make significant contributions to their profession and have demonstrated excellence in scholarship. It is among the most prestigious faculty awards bestowed by the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. When it comes to ecology, Brian McGill thinks big. The professor of biological sciences studies biodiversity on grand […]

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Portrait of Kelly Jaksa

Jaksa named 2020 recipient of Outstanding Teaching Award

The Outstanding Teaching Award honors faculty who demonstrate their commitment to teaching and ability to deliver an excellent undergraduate learning experience. It is among the most prestigious faculty awards bestowed by the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. With an open door, heart and mind, Kelly Jaksa models the social work values she teaches […]

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Xuyang Gu (Tony Gu): Outstanding International Student

For over 20 years, UMaine has honored an exceptional international student from each college. Candidates must have a superior academic record and have made meaningful contributions to his or her area of study. Xuyang “Tony” Gu of Shanghai, China will receive a Bachelor of Science in biology. His interest in biology stems from an interest […]

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Grace Smith: Frank B. and Charles S. Bickford Memorial Prize

The Frank B. and Charles S. Bickford Prize is the highest honor the college awards to an undergraduate student. The recipient’s time at UMaine should reflect our land and sea grant mission – with a record of outstanding performance in academics, research, and service. Grace Smith will graduate with a degree in molecular and cellular […]

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Ryan LaGross: Wallace C. and Janet S. Dunham Prize

The Wallace C. and Janet S. Dunham Prize was established to honor an undergraduate student who not only overcame adversity but maintained a positive outlook despite the challenges life presented them – all while achieving personal growth and academic success. Ryan LaGross overcame challenges that would end many students’ studies. In the face of adversity […]

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Alyssa Soucy: Outstanding Master’s Degree Student

The Outstanding Master’s Degree Student Award recognizes a student who has distinguished themselves in all aspects of graduate performance. Alyssa Soucy is the recipient of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture’s Outstanding Master’s Degree Student Award. She is pursuing a M.S. in forest resources. Her advisors are Sandra De Urioste-Stone, associate professor of […]

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Matthew Mensinger: George F. Dow Graduate Scholarship Award

The George F. Dow Graduate Scholarship recognizes a graduate student associated with the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station with outstanding academic and research performance. Matthew Mensinger is the recipient of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture’s George F. Dow Graduate Scholarship Award. He is pursuing a M.S. in wildlife ecology. His advisors […]

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Jesse Walters: Edith M. Patch Outstanding Ph.D. Student

The Edith M. Patch Outstanding Ph.D. Award recognizes a Ph.D. student with a distinguished record in areas that Dr. Edith M. Patch, a pioneering entomologist, excelled in during her long and important career at UMaine. Jesse Walters is the Edith M. Patch Outstanding Ph.D. Student in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. He […]

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