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Provost Student Academic Achievement Award Recipients

Current Recipients

Honorees and some of their accomplishments

  • Madeline Weaver
    • Maddie is a mechanical and manufacturing engineering major with minors in general business and emerging technology in business, and design. Maddie was nominated for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award by Drs. Andrew Sommers and Jinjuan She from the department of mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Maddie’s research has spanned from designing a robot to enhance workplace safety by automating the turf maintenance process to studying factors that impact equal contributions in the engineering design process to designing an assistive stretching device which allows patients with neuromuscular conditions to improve their wellness. Her nominator Dr. Sommers, notes that Maddie constantly looks for opportunities to have a positive impact on society, adding, “I have a great deal of respect for this young woman, her talents, her attitude and her character.”
  • Rachel Olp
    • Rachel is a chemical engineering major with a co-major in energy engineering and a minor in paper engineering. She was nominated by Drs. Keith Hohn and Catherine Almquist, from the department of chemical, paper and biomedical engineering. In her research, Rachel has she has synthesized a novel silica catalyst, characterized it, and used it to catalyze the reaction. She has presented this work at Miami as well as national meetings, and is in the process of publishing it. Rachel’s nominator, Dr. Hohn, noted that she is “sharp, very mature, and a good communicator” and also wrote that she is “genuinely curious about research.”
  • Taylor LaValley
    • Taylor is majoring in biomedical engineering with a premedical studies co-major. She was nominated for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award by Drs. Jason Boock and Andrew Paluch from the department of chemical, paper, and biomedical engineering. Taylor’s research explores a theory around quality experimental solubility data for pharmaceuticals in binary solvents. She has conducted a literature search, selected and assessed force fields to model the intra- and inter-molecular interactions in the system, and performed free energy calculations and structural analysis to support the theory. Taylor’s nominator, Dr. Paluch wrote, “She is the only student I have ever had hour-long conversations with about hydrogen bonding. Moreover, she is the only student who I could then suggest texts and manuscripts to read on the topic, who not only read them all, but was able to understand them all and apply them to our systems!”
  • Lake Ernst
    • Lake a biology major with a premedical studies co-major. He was nominated for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award by Drs. Katia-Del Rio Tsonis from the biology department and Dr. Carol Fabby from the department of physics. Lake works in Dr. Del Rio Tsonis’s lens regeneration lab where Lake has measured the volume of regenerated lenses and processed the images of up to 30 salamander eyes. This work has led to conference presentations and his 3D images of these eyes are included in a recent publication. Dr. Del Rio Tsonis describes Lake as “inquisitive, excited and passionate” about his research.
  • Nicholas Stanich
    • Nick’s major is biology. He is also earning a co-major in neuroscience and premedical studies, and a minor in nutrition. He was nominated for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award by Dean of University Libraries Jerome Conley and Dr. Justin Saul from the department of chemical, paper and biomedical engineering. Nick’s work ion Dr. Saul’s lab focuses on developing biomimetic ovarian constructs as a cell-based replacement for pharmacological hormone therapy. In his particular role, Nick has developed a multi-compartment mathematical model based on differential equations. His nominator, Dean Conley describes Nick as “one of the kindest, smartest, and emphatic students I have ever met in 30 years at Miami.”
  • Jules Jefferson
    • Jules is double majoring in biochemistry and nutrition with co-majors in environmental science and premedical studies. She was nominated for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award by Drs. Ann Hagerman and Heeyoung Tai from the department of chemistry and biochemistry. Described by Dr. Haferman as a “self-confident, energetic young scientist who combines technical talent with intellectual curiosity,” Jules’s work in Dr. Hagerman’s lab involves the standard purification of a plant natural product. She has expanded this work to preparing and analyzing nanoparticles with natural products incorporated into particles to stabilize them, and has started doing her own research in this area.
  • Tommy Fowler
    • Tommy earned his degree in data analytics along with a minor in statistics. He was nominated for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award by Dr. Jerrad Wang from the department of sport leadership and management and Dr. Thomas Fisher from the department of statistics. As one of the founders, and later president, of the Student Manager Program at Miami Baseball Team, Tommy won the 2023 national championship of the National Collegiate Sports Analytics organization. Dr. Wang describes Tommy as representing the “highest standar of experiential learning in sport analytics.”
  • Juliana Curtis
    • Juliana is a geology major with a co-major in environmental science and a certificate in geographic information systems. Juliana was nominated for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award by Drs. Mark Krekeler and Claire McLeod from the geology department. Juliana has conducted and functionally led a spectroscopy project on cosmetics to serve as a proof-of-concept study for hyperspectral remote sensing detection of blush on numerous substrates that would be common in crime scenes and has developed extraordinary skills in the area of instrumentation. Dr. Krekeler describes Juliana as “thoughtful, careful and considerate and very well organized,” noting that she is lead author on one publication.
  • Landon Stitle
    • Landon is working towards a geology major with a co-major in environmental science and a certificate in geographic information systems. Landon’s nomination came from Drs. Claire McLeod and Mark Krekeler from the geology department. Landon’s research examines the chemical makeup of different samples, using the department’s Powder X-Ray Diffractometer. She has submitted a publication based on this research and has served as a TA in several geology courses. Her nominator, Dr. McCleod, noted that Landon’s “professional maturity is rate among even some graduate students and I highly commend her for this.”
  • Hannah Wudke
    • Hannah’s major is geology and she has a co-major in environmental science as well as a minor in social justice and inequalities. She was nominated for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award by Drs. Mark Krekeler and Claire McLeod from the geology department. Hannah’s research focuses on exposure of micrometer and nanoscale minerals with humans using electron microscopy to understand processes of transport, exposure, and mineralogical - tissue interactions. She has presented on this research several times, receiving high praise for her presentation. Hannah’s advisor, Dr. Krekeler noted that “it is extraordinary when an undergraduate develops such an integrated multidisciplinary approach” to their research.
  • Umar Arshad
    • Umar is a double-major in physics and data analytics. He also has a minor in computer science. Umar’s nomination for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award was prepared by Drs. Imran Mirza and Paul Urayama from the department of physics. Based on his advanced knowledge of quantum physics, Umar’s research explores multipartite entanglement in many-body waveguide quantum electrodynamics. He has produced both publications and presentations related to this research. His nominator, Dr. Mirza, described Umar as “a rare type of undergraduate student who not only does a great job completing the assigned task but always tries to go beyond what has been assigned, which is truly commendable.”
  • Reilly Powers
    • Reilly has double majors in art education with k-12 licensure and fine arts in studio arts. Dr. Stephanie Danker from the department of art nominated Reilly for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award. Reilly is a strong advocate for the visual arts and their role in advancing diversity and inclusion. Her work around using community arts for social impact has been presented at state and national conferences and she was a core organizer of the Electric Root Festival in Oxford in both 2022 and 2023. Her nominator, Dr. Danker describes Reilly as “highly motivated to make a positive difference in her communities and create equitable opportunities for experiential learning.”
  • Nina Liebes McClellan
    • Nina is double-majoring in social work and global and intercultural studies. Her nominators for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award are Drs. Veronica Barrios and Kate Kuvalanka from the department of family science and social work. Nina’s research agenda explores interpersonal violence among women who enter the U.S. under various conditions such as refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and the interlocking systems of migration and interpersonal violence. She has presented her work and submitted it for publication, and also won a national fellowship to pursue her interests in the summer of 2023. Her nominator, Dr. Barrios, notes that Nina is “reliable, a critical thinker, and an empathic listener,” who has made significant contributions to her field, her department, and Miami University.
  • Ruby Schwan
    • Ruby’s three majors are integrated mathematics education, combined mathematics and statistics, and music. Her nominators are Dr. Kelli Rushek from the department of English education and Dr. Jeff Wanko from the department of teaching, curriculum, and educational inquiry. Ruby’s research with Dr. Rushek explored a philosophical reframing of literacy, that has the potential to inspire a less-acquisitional, standardized way of teaching and learning literacy across secondary content areas. This research is in the process of being published and has also been presented. Dr. Rushek describes Ruby as “the kind of intellectual that I dreamed about encountering when I was in graduate school, preparing to be an education professor.”
  • Thi Thu (Mary) Huong Le
    • Mary is double-majoring in quantitative economics and mathematics and statistics, and is also working on a master’s degree in economics. She was nominated for the Provost’s Student Academic Achievement Award by Dr. Mark Tremblay from the department of economics and Dr. Louis DeBiasio from the department of mathematics. In addition to doing research around AirBnB and the sharing economy, Mary has also conducted research that involved scraping video game usage data from, combining data from different sources and scrapes, and then using it to determine the types of video games fail at launch. Her nominator, Dr. Tremblay noted that Mary’s academic record is “impeccable.”

Previous Recipients


Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award Recipients - 2022

Honorees and some of their accomplishments

  • Elise Belanger, Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics
    • Elise has also earned the Lockheed Martin Leadership Certificate, a competitive and highlychallenging set of courses and requirements, which she completed in addition to her doublemajors. As a member of a research team focused on understanding functional analysis in novicedesigners, she received Miami University’s Undergraduate Research Award as a leading contributor. She is the first student author on two manuscripts related to this project, and hasserved as a teaching assistant in MME courses. Elise’s leadership is illustrated in her role as atutor for the Rinella Learning Center and her leadership role in Engineers Without Borders.Elise’s nominator, Dr. Jinjuan She, wrote: “Elise demonstrates a variety of her high-bar qualitiesthat are important to researchers, such as teamwork, leadership, communication, creativity,independence, and persistence.”
  • Evan Danielson, Chemical Engineering and Piano Performance
    • Evan’s accomplishments include several awards and honors, such as: the Miami UniversityUndergraduate Summer Scholars Award and Undergraduate Research Award, first prize in theGeoffrey P. Hall Undergraduate Artist Competition, and winning the Miami University ConcertoCompetition Winner. Evan’s research with his nominator Dr. Jason Berberich, focuses oncreating cleaning products that are effective and use fewer environmentally damagingchemicals. Evan has presented his research results at the National Meeting of the AmericanInstitute of Chemical Engineers, at the North Central Meeting of the American Institute ofChemical Engineers, and the National Meeting for the American Chemical Society. He has oneaccepted research article as well. Dr. Berberich, notes that “Evan learns new skills andtechniques with ease; I have been quite impressed how quickly he has become independent inthe lab and how well he works with other students.”
  • Shianne Baldwin, Studio Art, Art Education
    • Shianne is a thoughtful individual who is engaged with and excited for arts education and therapy. She has taught in the Saturday Art program and has served as a teaching assistant for other Saturday Art teachers—offering them mentorship, advice, and service.  One of her nominators, Dr. Stephanie Danker, commented, “Shianne is a caring, respectful and open-minded young artist and art educator, and exhibits an excitement to learn and grow from her life experiences. She embraces diversity and building relationships with others and she embodies Miami University’s motto of love and honor.”
  • Jessica Flower, Biomedical Engineering
    • Jessica’s is also earning a mechanical engineering minor. Her nominator, Dr. Andrew Jones,wrote that, “I estimate that by the end of Spring 2022, Jessica will have spent approximately800 hours working in my research lab. The dedication Jessica shows to her research proves tome that she has the work ethic and mental mindset required for future success in graduateschool.” Jessica’s research focuses on the production of psilocybin, which is used in thetreatment of substance abuse and addiction, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stressdisorder. Her work forms the proof-of-principle foundation for a patent application, and hasbeen presented at the National Meeting of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers,where she won third place in her section’s poster competition.
  • Zoe Platow, Biochemistry and Psychology
    • In addition to her double-major, Zoe is completing a co-major in neuroscience. Her research onrats explores whether benzodiazepine exposure in adolescence increased the likelihood of drugand alcohol abuse in adulthood. Related to this research Zoe has received a DoctoralUndergraduate Research Opportunity Scholarship, a University Summer Scholars award, anUndergraduate Research Award, and a research grant from the Honors College. She has haspresented her research at a Society for Neuroscience meeting and the International BehavioralNeuroscience meeting, and will be an author on at least four publications related to the work.Zoe’s nominator, Dr. Matthew McMurray, notes that, “She demonstrates a strong commitmentto research, driven by both her personal experiences and a deep understanding of theimportance of research in guiding healthcare and public policy.”
  • Hannah Seinfeld, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
    • Hannah is also completing minors in child studies and youth development and disability studies. She was nominated Dr. Arnold Olszewski, who wrote that her “contributions to research have been exceptional for an undergraduate- often commensurate with the level of involvement of a typical of a Master’s thesis student.” In this work, she evaluates the instructional quality of education apps, and also seeks to understand how accessible these learning tools are for students from different cultural backgrounds, and with linguistic andlearning differences. In addition to working with Dr. Olszewski, Hannah has engaged in research with Dr. Katherine Kuvalanka. She has presented her multiple strands of research at ASHA Schools Connect Conference, the National Council on Family Relations Conference, and at the Miami University Undergraduate Research forum.
  • Haley Sieg, Biomedical Engineering and Theatre
    • In addition to her double majors, Haley is a co-major in pre-medical studies and is completing aminor in musical theater and dance. Haley leads a research team for her nominator, Dr. Jessica Sparks, which is focused on developing a fully synthetic anatomical model of the human lumbar spine for medical student training. Dr. Sparks notes that “Haley’s love of theatre and her ability to merge two such disparate fields as theatre and biomedical engineering into a wildly successful undergraduate career make her one of the most remarkable students I have encountered here at Miami.” Additionally, Haley served as a COVID-19 contact tracer for Miami University and the Butler Country Health Department, and is actively engaged in student organizations both in engineering and theatre.
  • Kyra Stillwell, Physics
    • Kyra is also minoring in mechanical engineering. Her research has focused on the fabricationand characterization of intermetallic materials, which involves detailed experimentaltechniques. Her nominator, Dr. Mahmud Kahn, writes that “Kyra is a highly motivated andtalented student with great dedication for science. She is pleasant, sincere, and has demonstrated a great potential to be an excellent researcher.” She has presented her researchat the University of Texas and the Joint MMM-Intermag Conference, which is the premierinternational conference in her area, and she is a co-author on one publication related to thiswork. Kyra spent a summer as an intern with a company working on defense and spacemanufacturing, where she demonstrated her ability to work across disciplines.
  • Kinshuk Tella, Geology and Environmental Science
    • Kinshuk’s research focuses on toxic metals that are present in road paint, which has implications for human health and for the environment. Kinshuk was nominated by Drs. Mark Krekeler and Claire Mcleod, who wrote that, “In addition to traditional research, Kinshuk has obtained two extremely high-profile internships indicating a level of balance between academic research and professional experience not commonly realized by STEM students.” Kinshuk worked as an environmental health and safety intern, who worked on air pollution control as well as stormwater compliance and hazardous waste management, and also as an intern for the Earth Day network, where he excelled in research, planning, and implementing projects. Further, he served as a Resident Assistant at Miami University, which exemplifies his commitment to serving his community.


Honorees and some of their accomplishments

  • Audra Bailey, Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Audra served as a research undergraduate assistant for Dr. Beth Miller. She was granted an Undergraduate Summer Scholarship to expand her work—focusing on a USDA grant-funded garden program for children in low-income housing. She presented her findings at the National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo. She was also a research assistant in a study funded by the National Institute of Health looking at weight loss in older adults, and was active in the Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, serving as Organization Liaison, Treasurer, and President.
  • Jackson Conroy, Bioengineering with Pre-Medical Studies Co-Major
    • Jackson was active in Dr. Amy Yousefi’s research lab, where worked on the fabrication of 3D scaffolds using a 3D Bioplotter, which is an additive manufacturing (3D printing) technique. Jackson and his teammate received an Undergraduate Research Award for a study that looked into the chemical crosslinking of collagen using two different techniques, and used Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy for these formulations. Jackson was also the first author on a conference abstract for the Materials Research Society—an outgrowth of his work on a proposal submitted to the National Institute of Health. He was also the cofounder of a Miami student organization called “Miami MENtal Health” which focuses on educating and addressing the importance of mental health, especially in men.
  • Lauren Doepke, Environmental Science and Sustainability
    • Lauren was active as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Claire McLeod’s lab. She presented several posters at academic conferences and was lead author on a manuscript presented at the Geological Society of America meeting. She was also part of a team that investigated violence against women and obtained an internal grant to use reflective spectroscopy of makeup for the purpose of forensic detection in the field. Lauren’s time at Miami also focused on service—she sampled and measured numerous environmental parameters for the Mill Creek Alliance and she taught STEM programming for diverse elementary-aged students as part of a Robert Noyce internship program. Her commitment to environmental sustainability is broad and deep and will have a great impact on the field throughout her career.
  • Aaron Garner, Quantitative Economics and Music Performance and MA in Economics
    • At Miami, Aaron sustained a near-perfect GPA with multiple appearances on the President’s List and the Dean’s List. With majors across two disparate academic divisions, Aaron stood out as a true renaissance student. He conducted research with Dr. Chuck Moul in the Undergraduate Summer Scholars program, leveraging his experience with his family farm in southern Illinois as a topic, specifically examining how past weather and climate events influence the “market” for federally provided crop insurance. Aaron’s work in the Music Department was equally notable—he served as a student leader for the University Chamber Singers, directed the chamber opera, and placed third in the National Association of Teachers of Singing annual competition.
  • Elizabeth Hudelson, Family Science
    • Elizabeth spent one of her summers completing a highly competitive child life practicum at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where she built upon her many experiences at Miami University. She worked with Dr. Elise Radina in her research lab, assisting with studies on parents of children with primary lymphedema, a transnational study of breast cancer survivorship, and the impact of the pandemic lockdown on family life in the United States. She excelled as a student in her courses— providing leadership to her peers and assisting instructors through hybrid courses in Child Life Theory and Therapeutic Play. It was through this work that Elizabeth helped establish a “Play Library” for students and instructors at Miami University to use in their coursework.
  • Hope Kirby, Microbiology
    • Hope is an outstanding student who was recognized on the President’s list, and received Goldwater and Beckman Research Scholarships. She drew upon her work as a student in some of her MBI classes to explore the potential role that genes could play in the phage replication and infection cycles using bioinformatics—which she then presented at the HHMI Annual SEA Symposium. Hope also was active in Dr. Luis Actis’s research lab, leading to acceptance of a paper at a national meeting and co-authoring a manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal. She has also served as a Supplemental Instructor for MBI 116, in which she helped other undergraduates learn and understand the course material.
  • Ethan Klein, Geology
    • Ethan has an outstanding GPA reflecting his devotion to his studies as well as other noteworthy accomplishments, such as being named a Goldwater Scholar—one of 410 nationwide and only 7 in Ohio. He worked in Dr. Mark Krekeler’s lab where he investigated the occurrence of mineral inclusions in talc ore, which have the potential to contain elements of health concern. This led to the publication of his first authored paper in the journal Results in Geochemistry. Ethan is a recipient of multiple academic scholarships and received advanced classification with the Wilks Leadership Institute.
  • Erin Lindberg, Anthropology
    • Erin received two Undergraduate Summer Studies awards to conduct ethnographic fieldwork on paranormal tourism under the mentorship of Dr. Leighton Peterson. In one project, she transcribed and analyzed paranormal reality television shows using a linguistic anthropological lens. This work led to two papers: one critically examining the discourse of pseudoscience in paranormal reality media and the second examining the transformation of a particular ghost story into the tour narrative at the now decommissioned Ohio State Reformatory highlighted in a reality television show. Erin was also involved with the Anthropology Collections—retouching and uploading 3D model scans of artifacts in the collection, which helped to make the collection more useful for archeology classes as they shifted to online formats.
  • Natalie Nguyen, Biomedical Engineering
    • As a first-year international student from Vietnam, Natalie reached out to Dr. Hui Wang and indicated that she was interested in being involved with a research lab. From there she became active in biomedical engineering research, including as a co-author on manuscript looking at newt lens regeneration. She was invited to join the Lockheed Martin Leadership Institute cohort and is part of the CPB student advisory council. Her nominator, Dr. Dave Hartup noted that Natalie has great aspirations and potential.
  • Emory Perlman, Kinesiology
    • Emory’s nominator, Dr. Rose Marie Ward noted that Emory was an active member of two research labs, Women Helping Women (a domestic violence and sexual assault support group), Crop Walk, and other volunteer experiences. She was also active in her sorority. Emory’s experiences as a research assistant for Dr. Ward and for Dr. Paul Reidy helped prepare her for a strong future in kinesiology and health research, in which she examined the relationship between eating disorders and alcohol-related consequences. Additional research examining the relationship between fear of COVID-19, anxiety, and drinking behaviors, was presented National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
  • Kerri Peterson, Chemical Engineering
    • Kerri’s skills and experiences as a researcher were put to good use when she served as a contact tracer for COVID-19 in Oxford. Previously, she worked as a research data analyst where she analyzed small-angle x-ray scattering data to gain a better understanding of the unfolding mechanisms of protein-surfactant complexes. This led to a co-authored paper that was presented at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers meeting. Kerri also held an internship with the E& J Gallo winery in California, building on her developing interests in food chemistries. Her nominator, Dr. Jason Boock noted that Kerri would shine in any career she chooses.


Honorees and some of their accomplishments

  • Lexie Adams, Chemical Engineering
    • Lexie has presented at National Conferences and published her original research in the journal Metabolic Engineering. She worked as an Undergraduate Summer Scholar in 2018 and spent time in the summer of 2019 working with a researcher at Clemson University. She has been active in outside organizations including Engineers without Borders, the Talawanda Elementary School Foreign Language program, and she has volunteered at a local hospital. Her advisor, Dr Andrew Jones wrote, “Lexie’s significant and numerous accomplishments in the classroom and lab highlight her intellectual merit, while her passion for STEM outreach and volunteerism demonstrate her potential to contribute to the broader community.”
  • Brandon Arnold, Psychology
    • Brandon has worked in Dr. Anna Radke’s Behavioral Neuroscience Lab for the past two years where he uses animal models to study behaviors associated with addiction. He has also been an Undergraduate Summer Scholar and has presented at the Undergraduate Research Forum. In her nominating letter, Dr. Anna Radke notes, “I think it is clear that Brandon is more than just an undergraduate research assistant. He is one of the university’s greatest proponents of the undergraduate research experience.”
  • Shianne Baldwin, Studio Art, Art Education
    • Shianne is a thoughtful individual who is engaged with and excited for arts education and therapy. She has taught in the Saturday Art program and has served as a teaching assistant for other Saturday Art teachers—offering them mentorship, advice, and service.  One of her nominators, Dr. Stephanie Danker, commented, “Shianne is a caring, respectful and open minded young artist and art educator, and exhibits an excitement to learn and grow from her life experiences. She embraces diversity and building relationships with others and she embodies Miami University’s motto of love and honor.”
  • William Carson, Chemistry
    • Will has been an undergraduate researcher in two different labs—for both Dr. Liu and Dr. Hartley. He has given four presentations at professional conferences and has co-authored three peer-reviewed publications from 1.5 years of work—including one paper on which Will was the first co-author. As an honors student, Will has assisted with recruitment of first-year students, volunteering as a member of the Honors Research Panel team and writing postcards to prospective students.
  • Nicholas Kaplan, Chemical Engineering
    • Nick has published in an academic journal and presented a poster at the National Meeting for the American Institute for Chemical Engineers. In addition, he has worked as an RA at Miami and was selected as a Top 10 Miami Engineering Student 2018. Under the direction of his faculty, Nick went from feeling that medical school was the only viable path for a person interested in science, to realizing that bioengineering research can lead to a fulfilling and rewarding career.
  • Kristen McGinnis, Chemistry
    • As an undergraduate student in Dr Michael Kennedy’s lab, Kristen has been working on a project whose overall goal is to develop a next-generation synthetic particle-based vaccine to treat rotavirus infections. She is the recipient of the Joseph Culler Prize in Physics, awarded to non-majors for demonstrating excellence in physics and problem-solving skills in difficult integrative problems. She has also been an Undergraduate Summer Scholar and has co-authored a manuscript based on her work.
  • Jessica Patrick, Geology
    • Jesse is very enthusiastic about the geosciences and has a high desire to conduct field-based research and analytical work in the area of environmental geoscience as a professional career. Jesse has been an Undergraduate Summer Scholar and an undergraduate TA. She has also presented at several national conferences and co-authored several manuscripts for professional journals in her field. As Dr Claire McLeod has written, “She exemplifies every quality Miami strives its students to possess: active engagement in curricular and co-curricular life, success, application of knowledge and skills with integrity, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.”
  • Brianna Stoll, Psychological Sciences
    • Brianna has already carved out a name for herself in her research around autism—coauthoring a manuscript in a professional journal and focusing on how neurotypical individuals perceive and understand Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is an outstanding student who excels in the classroom—leading discussions with her peers and showing her great depth of knowledge and understanding.
  • Gianna Valentic, Psychology
    • Gianna has been involved with Dr Kuvalanka’s Trans*Kids project—including presenting their work at the Miami Valley LGBTQ Horizons of Aging Summit, coauthoring an article entitled “Grandmothers Raising their Transgender Grandchildren,” and interning at the Cleveland Clinic. She is a strong advocate for those who are transgender and, as Dr Kate Kuvalanka points out, “We need more allies who are not afraid to push others to ensure that they are not further stigmatizing an already vulnerable population.”
  • Jordan Vest, Geology
    • Jordan has been awarded numerous academic scholarships totaling over $125,000, enabling her to a wide variety of topics such as study mine waste research, research on sand dunes in the Central Nevada Desert, and research on makeup in the context of violence against women. As Dr Krekeler has attested, “Jordan is very honest, personable and extremely helpful, easy to work with, and is highly interested in numerous aspects of geology. She has developed extremely well over the last year and has progressed to a position of being the predominant leader in her current research group.”
  • Steven Yu, Computer Science
    • Steven has been applying his computer programming skills to solving multiple problems—from calculating the real incidence rate for diseases like diabetes, to diagnosing sepsis several hours before it can be diagnosed by the doctor, and improving traffic efficiency with dynamic taxi ride sharing. He has been an intern with our Center for Analytics and Data Science, where he worked on a project to design a chatbot for a pharmaceutical company.


Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award Recipients - 2019
Top Row - L to R: Alison Tuiyott, Shelby Frye, Provost Jason Osborne, Joseph Braun, Mitchell Singstock, Emily Kuehl
Bottom Row - L to R: Taylor Gordon, Rachel Ollier, Rosie Ries, Allyson Heitger, Mackenzie Trevethan


Joseph Braun, Accountancy, Finance

Shelby Frye, Sociology, Political Science

Taylor Gordon, Political Science

Allyson Heitger, Accountancy, Information Systems and Analytics

Emily Kuehl, Chemical Engineering

Rachel Ollier, Chemical Engineering 

Rosamiel Ries, Geology, Physics

Mitchell Singstock, Anthropology, Neuroscience

Mackenzie Trevethan, Psychology

Alison Tuiyott, Statistics, Analytics Co-Major


Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award Recipients - 2018
Top Row - L to R: Callie Miller, Kayla Cartwright, Sydnee Roese, Provost Phyllis Callahan, Paris Franz, Sara Al-Zubi, Elizabeth Angi-O'Brien
Bottom Row - L to R: Nicole Rusk, Jackie Ziegman, John Tarter, Nathan Rayens
Not Pictured: Bob Krueger, Jacob Bruggeman


Sara Al-Zubi, Management and Premedical Studies

Elizabeth Angi-O’Brien, Individualized Studies

Jacob Bruggeman, History and Political Science

Kayla Cartwright, Biology and Premedical Studies

Paris Franz, Chemical Engineering and Mathematics & Statistics

Robert Krueger, Mathematics and Physics

Caroline “Callie” Miller, Biochemistry, Premedical Studies, and French

Nathan Rayens, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Sydnee Roese, Chemical Engineering

Nicole Rusk, Architecture

John Tarter, Information Technology

Jackie Ziegman, Kinesiology and Premedical Studies


Provost's Student Academic Achievement Award Recipients - 2017


Carsen Cash, Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Pre-Medical
Studies and Biochemical Engineering

Terra Collier, Economics and Anthropology

Hannah Kempf, Geology

Mary Martin, Social Work

Alex Mazursky, Mechanical Engineering and Energy Co-Major

Leah Simon, Integrated Mathematics Education and Mathematics

Kevin Sommers, Psychology and Pre-Medical Studies

Anthony Thompson, Theatre

Anne Weidner, Marketing, Psychology, and Music