UNE Announces Recipients of the 2023 University Awards
The University of New England is proud to announce the recipients of the 2023 University Awards. The awards ceremony was held in the Harold Alfond Forum on the Biddeford Campus on April 25. The University Awards offer faculty and staff an opportunity to formally recognize and honor the academic excellence and/or outstanding contributions of undergraduate students to the UNE community. The review committee is composed of members of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the Faculty Assembly Student Affairs Committee, staff from Global Education, the CAS Internship Office, the UNE Office of Student Affairs, and faculty from the Westbrook College of Health Professions (WCHP).
The Scholar-Athlete Award is given to the senior student-athletes who demonstrate the highest academic achievement.
- Mackenzie Burke
- Marcus Costa
- Kelsee Gladu
Community Service Award
For any student who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to serve others in the University or greater community. Academic achievement must also have been demonstrated. Examples of the nominee’s service contributions for this current academic year and other years are requested.
Global Education Award
For any student who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to global citizenship by participating in UNE Global Education programs, such as semester or year abroad, faculty-led travel course(s), volunteer programs or internship(s) abroad. Examples of the nominee's global experiences for this current academic year and other years are requested.
Jacques Downs Award for Academic Excellence
Recognizes the most accomplished UNE College of Arts and Sciences graduating senior. Considerations for this award are primarily the student’s academic achievement (overall GPA, number of semesters on the Dean’s List, and academic awards and scholarships), scholarly work (original undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity), and service considerations during their UNE career.
Junior Academic Excellence Award
For any junior who has excelled in their academics. Considerations for this award are primarily the student’s academic achievements (overall GPA, number of semesters on the Dean’s List, and academic awards and scholarships), collegiality, and scholarly work (original undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity). Service considerations during their UNE career will also be considered.
Sophomore Academic Excellence Award
For any sophomore who has excelled in their academics. Considerations for this award are primarily the student’s academic achievements (overall GPA, number of semesters on the Dean’s List, and academic awards and scholarships), collegiality, and scholarly work (original undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity). Service contributions during their UNE career will also be considered.
Student Leader Award
For any student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership at the University. The nominee should demonstrate a commitment to excellence that results in positive change in the University community, possess a balanced collegiate lifestyle, and serve as a role model. Examples of specific contributions for this current academic year and other years are requested. Academic achievements will also be considered.
Susan J. Hillman Science/Math Education Award
This award is for a UNE College of Arts and Sciences student who shows dedication to STEM education and professional promise as a STEM educator. Students with formal (classroom) or informal (outreach) teaching experience in STEM fields including, but not limited to, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, neuroscience, environmental science, and psychology will be considered. The awardee should have a bright intellect and be known as a role model and mentor among their peers.
Experiential Education Award
For the undergraduate who has accomplished professional preparation, civic engagement, and global awareness as critical to their academic career (and liberal arts education) through diverse involvement in experiential education programs offered on the University campus including internship, research, community service, and global education. Involvement in three or more of the above areas is required. Demonstrated leadership in at least two of the above areas is preferred.
CAS Dean’s Leadership Award
The College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Leadership Award was established to honor a CAS student who exemplifies the value of a liberal arts education by bringing together academic excellence with demonstrated applications beyond the classroom while also engaging in leadership activities in the college.
Outstanding Research and Scholarship Awards
Outstanding Researcher/Scholar in the Natural Science
Recipient: Virginia May
Outstanding Researcher/Scholar in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Business or Arts
Recipient: Emily Newborough
Outstanding Researcher/Scholar in Medicine or Public Health
Recipient: Hannah LaCourse
Outstanding Graduate Researcher/Scholar
Recipient: Benjamin LaFreniere
WCHP and CAS advisors of the year
The Excellence in Faculty Mentoring and Advising award is presented annually to one CAS and one WCHP faculty mentor or advisor who is consistently available, supportive, and displays a genuine interest in student success. These individuals cultivate a broad network of resources, both on campus and in the larger community and regularly identify, refer, and share resources with their students. The recipients are mindful of students’ academic, personal, and professional goals, using them throughout the mentoring relationship. The awardees also encourage and respect diversity, and possess knowledge of and sensitivity towards others’ backgrounds
Debra J. Summers Award for Teaching Excellence
Recipient: Krysten Gorrivan
CAS Advisor of the Year
Recipient: Jeri Fox
WCHP Advisor of the Year
Recipient: Lauren Durell