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2016 Pioneer Award Winners

A number of NSM faculty and students were honored at the 2016 Pioneer Awards, held May 19 at the Cable Center.

William T. Driscoll Master Educator Award
Nancy Lorenzon

Faculty Advisor of the Year
Nancy Lorenzon

Inclusive Excellence – Respect for Difference Award
Ron Sidwell

American Chemical Society Outstanding Organic Chemist
Madison Schackmuth

James Balafas Award in Organic Chemistry
Colton Petty

Outstanding Freshman in General Chemistry
Sarah McDonald

Outstanding Senior Biochemistry Major Award
David Wideman

Outstanding Senior Chemistry Major
Florence Bachrach

Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
Daniela Battaglioli

Eleanor L. Campbell Memorial Award in Mathematics
Madeline Doering

Herbert J. Greenberg Award in Mathematics
Zachary Adams

Outstanding Students in Mathematics Award
Aurora Simoneau
David Chan
Samantha Brooker
Kiet Lu

Outstanding Senior in Physics & Astronomy
Cameron Hickert
Brian Alpert
Sierra Ashley
Alisha Karatsoupa
Sam Kerber
Jack Maurer
Andrew Torres
Chris Racz

Thomas M. Stephen Memorial Award
Cameron Hickert

Outstanding Student Award
Cameron Hickert Faculty

Pioneer Award Nominee
Ronnie Pavlov

Congrats to all 2016 NSM Graduate Student Award Winners and Nominees

NSM honored its 2016 Graduate Student Award Winners at the Annual Spring Picnic on May 25.

Excellence in Research Award Nominees: Nitika Dewan (Chemistry), Thomas French (Math), Lukas Sawle (Physics), Diego Pons (Geography), Whitley Lehto (Biology)

Winner: Diego Pons

Excellence in Teaching Award Nominees: Ginelle Rahman (Chemistry), Wesley Fussner (Math), Rachel Bennet (Physics), Joe Quintana (Geography), Emily Wilkinson (Biology)

Winner: Wesley Fussner

Excellence in Service Award Nominees: John Haynes (Chemistry), Drew Ash (Math), Tristan Wolfe (Physics), Grace Kellner (Geography), Elizabeth Barnes (Biology)

Winner: Elizabeth Barnes

Phil Danielson (Biology) presents on genome technology to Mile High Club of Denver

Phil Danielson delivered a talk, titled "Personalizing Medicine: What YOUR Genes Can Tell Your Doctor," to a meeting of the Mile High Club of Denver on May 16. Speaking before an audience of about 150 attendees, he presented advances in genome technology that are transforming medicine and enabling doctors to practice medicine in a manner that is customized and targeted to the unique genetics of each patient. Since its founding in 1902, the Mile High Club has brought together many of Colorado’s most accomplished individuals and thought leaders to help shape and contribute to a better society for Colorado.

Watch Andy Goetz (Geography) discuss what the new train to DIA means for Denver and DU (video)

Professor Andy Goetz, co-author of the book "Denver International Airport: Lessons Learned," was featured in a video on the DU website explaining the significance of RTD's new train to DIA. Watch A Line & DU on YouTube.

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;



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