On Thursday, April 14, the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences held its annual Merit Awards Ceremony. Faculty, staff, students and family members gathered in the UB Student Center’s Bogomolny Room to recognize and celebrate the outstanding scholarly achievements of recent and soon-to-be graduates.
Kristen Eyssell, assistant professor in the Division of Applied Behavioral Sciences, and Hilary Kiel, recipient of the Outstanding Student Award in the Psychology program
Shannon Jones, recipient of the Outstanding Student Award in Integrated Arts, and Jonathan Shorr, associate professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design
Interim Dean Christine Spencer welcomed guests followed by opening remarks from Provost Darlene Brannigan Smith, then faculty and staff members from each program introduced the honorees and presented them with their awards.
Each program/major recognizes one student who exhibits academic excellence in that program and embodies the spirit, energy and core values that are central to the CAS mission.
Cheryl Wilson, chair of the Klein Family School of Communications Design, and Lauren Hutcheson Smith, recipient of the Outstanding Student Award in the Integrated Arts program
Stehle Harris, recipient of the Outstanding Student Award in the Environmental Sustainability and Human Ecology program, and Stanley Kemp, assistant professor in the Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies
In addition, some academic programs have endowments for special awards that include a monetary prize.
Cheryl Wilson, chair of the Klein Family School of Communications Design, and Christy McCurdy, recipient of the Betty Tarpley Turner Award for English and the Outstanding Student Award in the English program
Cheryl Wilson, and Brandy McCluskey, recipient of the Alexander Rose Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and the Beatrice Kanigel Prize for Language and Literature
View the full list of awardees in the 2016 Merit Awards program. (program design by Jennifer Taylor, academic program specialist)
Learn more about the College of Arts and Sciences’ student awards.