2020 Awards

Honoring the Best

of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources

You make a profound difference.

Every day of your career in our College, your efforts have made a profound difference for our University community and broader community in Nevada, the region, and the world. Thank you for your hard work, resiliency, strength and sacrifice. Please know you have our admiration, appreciation and support.

Welcome to our digital awards celebration!

This celebration provides us the opportunity to recognize the amazing accomplishments of our students, employees and supporters.

Bill Payne

I am especially pleased to honor our academic achievements along with our Experiment Station and Extension research and engagement accomplishments, some of which are highlighted below. Together, we are meeting the challenges of COVID-19 by pivoting our classes, offering childcare, donating supplies, helping Nevadansoffering online education and resources, and more. And, together, we also will meet tomorrow's challenges with our quality teaching, research and engagement programs.

Congratulations to our graduates, to our employees whose work this past year has grown a stronger Nevada, and to our awardees. Your outstanding performance has brought credit not only to your departments and units, but also to our College and University.

I sincerely thank you all for your dedication, support and commitment to excellence, and hope you enjoy your celebration.

William A. Payne, Dean of the College

Mozart Fonseca receives Regents Rising Researcher Award Brings beef cattle production expertise to teaching, research and outreach in Nevada
Mozart Fonseca
Graduate student scientist wins award, Bonnycastle Fellowship for waterfowl research Madeleine Lohman garners best talk at prestigious regional conference, earns field's most respected fellowship
Madeleine holding a sage grouse
First-generation Ph.D. student Christina T. Igono wins award at international soil science conference "Without professionals in my field who commit their lives to manage and secure our ecosystem, we might not be able to survive."
Christina Igono
Community instructor earns University award, citizenship Extension's Lizeth Ramirez-Barroeta, a University classified employee of the month, was sworn in as a U.S. citizen
Lizeth stands between two of her colleagues at her naturalization ceremony
Kelley Stewart recognized for outstanding service in wildlife field One of only 10 members nationally to receive The Wildlife Society Fellows Award
Kelley Stewart
Early childhood education professor receives Distinguished Service Award University’s Teresa Byington recognized for leadership, program efforts and professional development
Teresa Byington
Undergraduate student wins Goldwater Scholarship for work on plant reproduction Edward Cruz hopes to improve agricultural production as an academic researcher
Edward Cruz
University rangeland ecologist recognized for conservation efforts Tamzen Stringham develops tools to help land managers make informed decisions
Tamzen Stringham

Meet our Spring 2020 awardees

Each awardee has a unique story

We are proud of all of our honorees. Each has a unique story. Hear and celebrate them.

 

Employee Awards

Amilton de Mello

Amilton de Mello

Extension Award of Excellence for Academic Faculty

Benjamin Sullivan

Benjamin Sullivan

Outstanding Researcher

Crystal Momii

Crystal Momii

Extension Award of Excellence for Program Staff

Keith Larson

Keith Larson

Extension Award of Excellence for Support Staff

Mike Teglas

Mike Teglas

Outstanding Teacher

Rebecca Young

Rebecca Young

Outstanding Staff

 

Supporter Awards

Christina Saheb

Christina Saheb

Extension Award of Excellence for Supporters

Gail Kosach

Gail Kosach

Outstanding Agriculturalist

Marsha Read

Marsha Read

Nutrition & Dietetics Leadership Award

Scott Chadwick

Scott Chadwick

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Leadership Award

 

Graduating Student Ambassadors

Alex Melchor

Alex Melchor

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Falon Funkhouser

Falon Funkhouser

Veterinary Science

Heather Peterson

Heather Peterson

Agricultural Science

Jenny Cen

Jenny Cen

Veterinary Science

Jorge Monge

Jorge Monge

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Kaitlyn Solomon

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Joshua Sturtevant

Marikate Lewis

Agricultural Science

Natalie Godinez

Natalie Godinez

Veterinary Science

Mirabel Dafinone

Mirabel Dafinone

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Outstanding Graduate Students

Cody Reed

Cody Reed

Natural Resources & Environmental Science

Erica Shebs

Erica Shebs

Agriculture, Veterinary & Rangeland Science

James Davis

James Davis

Biochemistry

Joshua Sturtevant

Joshua Sturtevant

Natural Resources & Environmental Science

Kyle Nennecker

Kyle Nennecker

Biotechnology

Rebecca Young

Rebecca Young

Biochemistry

Sanzita Afrin

Sanzida Afrin

Nutrition

Outstanding Seniors

Allison Dooley

Allison Dooley

Veterinary Science

Aubrey Smith

Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

Edward Cruz

Edward Cruz

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Elizabeth Hynes

Veterinary Science

Elizabeth Jennings

Elizabeth Jennings

Nutrition

Hannah Moore

Hannah Moore

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Jacob Ward

Jacob Ward

Wildlife Ecology & Conservation

Joseph Domer

Joseph Domer

Rangeland Ecology & Management

Kaylie Machutta

Kaylie Machutta

Agricultural Science

Lauryn Massic

Lauryn Massic

Biotechnology

Leanne Perez

Leanne Perez

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Olivia Comin

Olivia Comin

Nutrition

Sarah Ko

Sarah Ko

Environmental Science

Spencer Cortright

Spencer Cortright

Forest Management & Ecology

Stefan McLin

Stefan McLin

Ecohydrology | Environmental Science

Stories from the Class of 2020

Thank you to all of my family that has supported me on my college journey. As a first generation student, this accomplishment means so much to me. Thank you to my mom who has always told me I could do anything I put my mind to! This degree is for you! Thank you dad for always supporting my dreams. I am so proud to share this milestone with my sister. !Sí se puede!

-Samantha Sinclair Leftwich

Every graduate has a unique story.

We are proud of all of our graduates. You each have a unique story. Join us in celebrating you.

View our graduates
2 people graduating on the quad

May 14th, 2020, will be the day that brings about changes for my family and I. This is the date in which I will not only graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science, Molecular Microbiology and Immunology minor, but I will also surpass the boundaries that have entrapped my family for generations.

-Dorie K. Leftwich

Do you have a story to tell?

We want to hear your story and experience.

Tell your story
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About our College

The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources is a founding college of our land-grant University. We have a long and distinguished record of fulfilling the land-grant mission to provide teaching, research and outreach programs that grow the health and economic vitality of Nevada.

Life-improving research Our College's top-notch research opportunities for students & faculty in agriculture, the environment, natural resources and nutrition address the region's most important issues. Our discoveries meet the world's needs, now and for a brighter future.
Experiment Station's cutting-edge greenhouse center glowing at dusk
Lifelong learning We foster impactful educational programs with communities across the state. Our Extension programs, such as 4-H, solve problems and address critical issues to improve the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Nevadans.
Lake Tahoe
Undergraduate student learning Our four academic departments offer rich learning experiences and unmatched opportunities to participate in life-improving research. This builds broad foundations, grows deep expertise and impacts entire fields of knowledge.
Smiling student using research equipment in the field on a beautiful sunny day
Graduate student learning Our unparalleled opportunities to participate in, lead, present and publish life-improving research enriches students' curiosity, creativity and knowledge while disrupting entire fields of knowledge. This helps students reach goals and launch careers.
Student conducting his own research in a well-equipped lab

We offer practical information you can trust

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Our programs work together to make an impact

Our teaching, research and engagement programs are intertwined and complement one another. Faculty who teach on campus also conduct research as part of the Experiment Station, allowing students to learn about and participate in research. Extension faculty engaging with communities identify research needs, as well as join Experiment Station faculty to conduct research. Faculty on campus help to develop Extension programs in communities.

Researching critical issues Our Experiment Station faculty conduct research at experiment stations, labs and research facilities across the state, as well as teach classes and share and conduct research with students. The state-federal partnersip tackles issues affecting Nevada's citizens, communities and economy.
student researcher with plants in greenhouse
Teaching University students We offer 17 undergraduate and graduate degrees to prepare students for high-paying, in-demand careers in agriculture, rangeland & veterinary sciences; biochemistry & molecular biology; natural resources & environmental science; and nutrition.
students taking notes in the field
Engaging Nevada communities Our Extension is engaged in Nevada communities, presenting research-based knowledge to address critical community needs. The county-state-federal partnership provides practical education to people, businesses and communities, fulfilling the University's land-grant mission.
parents with children

Want to help grow Nevada?

Consider making a contribution in support of classroom, lab or office space; graduate assistantships; student scholarships; or upgrades to Nevada 4-H Camp. To learn more, please contact Mitch Klaich '02, director of development, at 775-682-6490.