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Science ruled at the DPS Science Fair hosted at DU on Jan. 30!

The Dean's Office just wanted to thank those who helped make the Denver Public School science fair a success. There were over 380 posters and 1000 people who attended the science fair at Gates Fieldhouse. The families loved being on a college campus and said it made the event seem more official. We will be looking into hosting it again next year but wanted to thank those involved this year.

Thank you to our Faculty: Jack Kinnamon, Barbekka Hurtt, Keith Miller, Nancy Sasaki, and Michelle Moran-Taylor.

Thank you to our Graduate Students: Nathan Duval, Jennyfer Mitchell, Brent Horowitz, Emily Wilkinson, Whitley Lehto, Ginelle Rahman, Chris Aretz.

Also a huge thanks to the Society of Physics Student and the Chemistry Student Organization for hosting tables with activities to keep the little ones engaged while waiting for results. These tables had more folks at them then they could handle and they did a fabulous job.

Thank you all for giving your time and your expertise, you made a difference in a young scientist's world!  See pictures here.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Barnes, PhD candidate, Biological Sciences as the winner of the Distinguished Graduate Community Leader Award!

The Graduate Student Government selects two graduate students to receive the Distinguished Graduate Community Leader Award (DGCLA) each month. These students display exemplary leadership skills and are actively engaged with the community (whether here on campus or outside of DU). They demonstrate excellent work ethic as well as dedication to their research and role as a graduate student. Finally, they also exhibit good character, hard work and inclusivity. DGCLA winners are selected through a peer-nomination process. To nominate a colleague, email with a 250-500 word statement describing why the nominee deserves to be an DGCLA winner. We will interview the winners and publish feature stories on the DU website and an email blast. We will also celebrate the award winners at different events throughout the school year.

You want to know more about Elizabeth Barnes please click here.

2015/16 NSM Dean's Doctoral Fellows


  • Lan Chen, Biological Sciences
  • Maya Hunt, Physics & Astronomy
  • Sean Morgan, Physics & Astronomy

The Dean's Fellowship was established in 2010 and has been funding doctoral students from all of our disciplines, domestic and international. The students are nominated by their departments. This fellowship funds students for one year. 

  • AY14-15:Andrew Fullard, Physics & Astronomy;Bulat Khaliullin, Chemistry & Biochemistry;Hui Miao, Biological Sciences
  • AY13-14: Dmitry Kuznetsov, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Yi Xie, Biological Sciences
  • AY12-13: Jixiao Li, Jiangye Miao, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Manisha Shrestha, Physics
  • AY11-12: Sarah McCall, Geography & the Environment; Jared Burde, Timothy Vanderleest, Physics & Astronomy
  • AY10-11: Amir Siraj, Geography & the Environment; Gabriel Enrique Girón, Mathematics; Zhelin Yu, Chemistry & Biochemistry;
2014-15 NSM Graduate Student Awards. Congratulations!
  • Excellence in Teaching Award: Stephen Moss, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Excellence in Research Award: Laurel Cepero, Biological Sciences
  • Excellence in Service Award: Mollie Doerner, Geography & the Environment
DU's Society of Physics Students awarded Blake Lilly Prize for Outstanding Physics Outreach
2014 NSM Faculty & Staff Awards were announced on December 10th. Congratulations!
  • Excellence in Research Faculty Award: Martin Margittai, Chemistry & Biochemistry
  • Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award: Steve Iona, Physics and Astronomy
  • Outstanding Faculty Service Award: Mark Siemens, Physics and Astronomy
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award: Jing Li, Geography & the Environment
  • Outstanding Staff Service Award: Liane Beights, Mathematics



  • Winter 2016 classes start Monday, January 4, 2016
  • Movie Nights:
    • Feb. 18, 25, Mar 3, 7:30 p.m., 3D movie - BAUD 101
    • May 26, 7:30 p.m., 3D movie - BAUD 101

For more upcoming events, please check the following links: