Awards and Accolades


Jackie Amante, Environmental Science '12

The research projects of Hillary Christopher (Anthropology '13) and Jenny Jing (Biomedical Science '13) were recently featured in UNH Today. Hillary received a 2012 SURF to study “Origins and Methods of Cheese Production in Neolithic Europe: An Archaeological Experiment.” Jing received a 2012 Research Presentation Grant from the Hamel Center to attend the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at Weber State University in Utah, where she presented her work on “Assaying Anthocyanin Pigment Composition in Strawberry Fruit.”

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."

The research of Jackie Amante, a senior environmental science major who traveled to Sweden last summer with the support of an IROP grant, is featured in the spring edition of UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Ocean, and Space newsletter.

The New Hampshire recently published an article about music performance major Chris Foss, who conducted research with the support of a SURF grant in 2011, and who will travel to Italy this upcoming summer with an IROP grant.

An online gallery of Katie Blanchette's work was featured recently in UNH Today. Katie, a fine arts major who will graduate in 2012, received a SURF award in 2011 to explore printmaking.

COLA's December newsletter features the research of IROP recipient Brett Gallo, a music theory major who studied drumming in Ghana during the summer of 2011.

John DeGennaro (REAP 2011) traveled to Belize this summer to conduct archaeological field research. Read about it in Campus Journal.

SURF 2011 awardee and music performance major Jolene Harju is featured in the September newsletter of the College of Liberal Arts.

Anthropology student Kendra Hanlon (SURF 2011) studied the Mardi Gras Indians in post-Katrina New Orleans and her research was recently featured on the UNH website.

The summer 2011 research of senior occupational therapy major and McNair scholar Amy Ma (SURF 2010, 2011) was recently featured on the UNH website. Read about Amy's 2010 research project in Inquiry.

Senior music performance major Ryan Sheehan (SURF 2010) will be performing with the UNH Opera Workshop in the role of Oberon in scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream on April 15 and 16 in the Bratton Recital Hall, PCAC, at 8:00 p.m. (Free and open to the public.) Read more about his research at:

UNH alumna Amanda Dibble ('10) has returned to Guatemala to work with a nongovernmental organization (NGO) called ProPetén. Amanda first traveled to Guatemala the year between her senior year in high school and freshman year at UNH, and conducted research there with a SURF Abroad grant in 2008. Read more at:

sasa tangSasa 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. Read more about Sasa Tang >>




Dr Farag and students


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.