Awards and Scholarships

Sonja Pape (SURF USA 2013) has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will support her graduate work at North Carolina State University following graduation from UNH. For her SURF project, Sonja researched different ways to add more recycled asphalt to pavement. She will graduate from UNH in May 2014 with a degree in civil engineering. Read more >>

Cory McKenzie (REAP 2011, SURF USA 2012, IROP 2013) has received a critical language scholarship through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to participate in an intesive language program in Japan this summer. He will graduate in May with majors in history, philosophy, and classics. Read more >>

The UNH Student Awards Committee recently announced the recipients of the 2014 UNH Student Awards. They include Annie Crossman (SURF 2013) who received the Erskine Mason Award, which goes "to that senior who is distinguished for most consistent progress and achievement"; Christine Hebert (IROP 2013), who received the UNH Award of Excellence, which recognizes "excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship"; and Jennifer Lindsay (IROP 2013), who received the Class of 1899 Prize, which goes "to that senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study."

Three former HCUR awardees, all of whom began their undergraduate research careers with REAP awards as freshmen, have won prestigious Goldwater scholarships. They include Timothy James Marquis (Biomedical Science '15), who plans to pursue a M.D./Ph.D. in oncology and "aspires to teach medical interns and conduct research through applied clinical studies at a cancer institution";  Avery Normandin (Biomedical Science '15) who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in biomedical science and "conduct research in vaccine design to enhance immunity against infectious viral agents"; and Herbie Lamar Smith (Physics '15) who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, conduct research in theoretical high energy particle physics and quantum gravity, and teach at the university level.  Read more >>

Christine Hebert (IROP 2013) and Abigail Van Note (REAP 2012) have been named Marble Scholars for the 2013-2014 academic year. This prestigious new award is being given to students in the College for Life Sciences and Agriculture, for the purpose of serving as ambassadors for the college. Both students received grants from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research; Christine recently traveled to France to conduct cancer research, while Abigail studied genetics at the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies at UNH. Read more >>  

Katie Kozacka (Biochemistry ’13) has received the University Women's Award, which is given to “that senior woman who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership and usefulness to humanity." Katie completed two projects with funding from The Hamel Center: A SURF grant to study “Proteomic Analysis of Binding Interactions between PDE6 and its Inhibitory Subunit”; and a URA to study “Proteomic Analysis of Binding Interactions between Transducin and PDE6.” Her mentor was Richard Cote.

Joshua Chabot, Michael Johnson, and Joseph Kelley (mechanical engineering majors who received a group URA in fall 2012) recently won the prize for best mechanical engineering project at the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium. Their mentor was Professor May-Win Thein. Read more >>

Merhawi Wells-Bogue (Journalism ’13) has received the UNH Award of Excellence. This award recognizes “excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship" and is given at the discretion of the Student Awards Committee. Merhawi traveled to Ethiopia in summer 2012 with funding from a SURF Abroad grant to complete his project entitled “The Role of Governmental and Non-governmental Organizations in Addressing the Needs of Street Children: The Case in Mekelle City, Ethiopia.” He recently published a research article in Inquiry and was featured in UNH Today. His mentor was Lisa C. Miller.

Cory McKenzie (REAP 2011, SURF 2012, IROP 2013) and Brianna Smith (SURF 2012) have received B. Thomas Trout Scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts to support their upcoming study abroad experiences. Brianna, a fine arts and psychology double major, will be studying art in the UNH-in-Italy summer program. A history and philosophy double major, Cory will be studying Roman architecture and history in the Rome January Term program (2014).

Alexa Price, a history major who received URAs from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research in 2011 and 2012, has been awarded a B.Thomas Trout Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. This scholarship will fund her participation in UNH's Cambridge Summer Program in England. Read more >>

2011 IROPer George Adams (Music/Liberal Studies '12) received the Erskine Mason Award, which goes to “that senior who is distinguished for most consistent progress and achievement.” George has progressed from McNair student to winner of a Ph.D. fellowship from U. of Chicago, and recently represented our current undergraduate researchers at our 25th Anniversary celebration in April.

SURF Abroad alum Meagan Wengrove (B.A., UNH; MA, UNH: Water Engineering) has won the Fulbright to the Netherlands to work on a flood risk assessment project. She conducted her SURF research, "Storm Water Management and Analysis of the Boquerón Refuge," in Puerto Rico in 2009. Read more >>

Brian McConnell, a chemical enginnering major who received a REAP grant in 2010 and a SURF grant in 2011, has won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Awarded to 300 students nationwide annually, it is the most prestigious award in the country conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences. McConnell also received a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Undergraduate Research Opportunity Fellowship in 2011. His research at UNH focuses on producing biodiesel from microalgae.

Three graduating Hamel Center students are being recognized with 2012 UNH Student Awards:

Dean Williamson Award: Kathryn Early (IROP)
"To that senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics, and loyalty to the University."

Erskine Mason Award: George Adams (SURF USA, IROP)
"To that senior who is distinguished for most consistent progress and achievement."

UNH Award of Excellence:  Katherine E. Lantz (SURF USA, URA)
"To recognize excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship."

Sasa Tang (IROP '10) recently received the 2011 University Women's Award, which is given to "that senior woman who shows the greatest promise through character, scholarship, leadership, and usefulness to humanity." She also was chosen by the Council On Undergraduate Research (CUR) to present her IROP research on nongovernmental organizations and their interactions with the Tanzanian government at Posters on the Hill, an annual event held on Capitol Hill.

With the support of Research Presentation Grants, UNH students Gina Chaput (Genetics, '13), Kyle Charmanski (Mechanical Engineering, '12), and Brian McConnell (Chemical Engineering, '13) recently presented their research at the 14th annual Energy, Utility and Environment Conference (EUEC) in Phoenix, Arizona. All three students were mentored by Professor Ihab Farag in the chemical engineering department. Gina Chaput's research, "Utilization of Waste Water for Microalgae Oil Feedstock," was conducted during her participation in INCO 590 and with the support of an Undergraduate Research Award (URA). Presenting alongside Gina was Kyle Charmanski, who was her research partner for INCO 590. Brian McConnell's research, "Microalgae Growth and Oil Production in Freshwater vs. Wastewater," was funded by the Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP). Also presenting was Zlatan Zuka (Chemical Engineering, '12) , a McNair fellow who worked alongside Brian McConnell in the lab.