Graduate students honored with Dean's Citation Awards

 Jeffrey A. Potteiger, dean of Graduate Studies, and John Stevenson, associate dean, with award winners.
Jeffrey A. Potteiger, dean of Graduate Studies, and John Stevenson, associate dean, with award winners.
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Twenty-one graduate students were honored with Graduate Dean’s Citation Awards during a ceremony held December 10 in Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center. The students were recognized for excellence in academic performance.

Graduate students can be nominated by faculty and staff, advisors, graduate program director, department chair or school director. The nominees are reviewed by the dean of Graduate Studies in consultation with others involved in graduate education; final selection is made by the dean. Each recipient is given a certificate of recognition, a graduate honors cord, and an ‘academic excellence’ pin.  Recipients of the thesis, project, and publication awards, as well as the two service awards, also receive a gold star symbolizing a high level of performance in academic work.

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) and the Office of Graduate Studies hosted the event. Award winners are listed below.

Academic Excellence in the Major:

Seidman College of Business
•    Bryan T. Avery, Accounting
•    Matthew V. Langridge, Business Administration
•    Melanie S. Buys, Taxation

College of Community & Public Service
•    Courtney A. Lawler, Health Administration
•    Dayna M. Porter, Public Administration

College of Education
•    Tricia L. Dole, School Counseling

Padnos College of Engineering & Computing
•    Todd M. Boss, Computer Information Systems
•    Negin Nadvar, Engineering

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
•    Matthew E. Altenritter, Biology
•    Kristin L. Taber, English

Kirkhof College of Nursing
•    Sara L. Workman, Nursing

Outstanding Master’s Thesis in a Major:

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
•    Nicholas R. Ettema, Master of Science in Biology (General Biology)
•    Kelli A. Johnson, Master of Science in Biology (Aquatic Sciences)
•    Kelli L. Carrier, Master of Science in Communications
•    Luke J. Rapa, Master of Arts in English

Outstanding Master’s Final Project in a Major:

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
•    Emily L. Hohman, Master of Science in Biology
•    Ryan H. Vaughn, Master of Science in Communications

Outstanding Publication:

Padnos College of Engineering & Computing
•    Geoffrey J. Miller, Master of Science in Engineering 

College of Health Professions
•    Megan L. Cooper, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Excellence in Service to the Community or Profession:

College of Community & Public Service
•    Mark R. Breon, Master of Health Administration

Excellence in Leadership and Service to Grand Valley:

College of Community & Public Service
•    Jeffrey A. Stoll, Master of Public Administration

Outstanding Faculty Mentor Fall 2010 (awarded by the Graduate & Professional Student Association)
•    Dr. Hari Singh, Professor of Economics