ANS students and faculty members recognized for contributions

July 13, 2017



Staff Reporter | agb022@ latech.edu


Top performing students from the College of Applied and Natural Sciences presented, and were awarded for their hard work at ANS Day April 20.


Students and faculty members were awarded for their contributions to the college in the event, which featured students for not only academic measures, but also campus involvement and overall representation of the program. Faculty members were recognized for outstanding performance in instruction, research and service.


Along with ANS Day, a research symposium was held, consisting of 10 oral presentations and 43 poster presentations. All events were in held in the student center.


Gary Kennedy, dean of the College of Applied and Natural Sciences, helped coordinate the event. He said he was satisfied with the results of the event and symposium.


“We were all very pleased at the turnout,” he said. “Both in terms of numbers of academic posters submitted by faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students. The quality of the presentations was excellent.”


Kennedy said the success and accomplishments of the students and faculty members embodies the work that the college has put in over the course of this year and foreshadows their bright futures.


“The success of the students, faculty and staff is a direct reflection on the college of (ANS),” he said. “ANS is made up of bright, hard working students, faculty and staff, and I am proud to be associated and represented by them. I think their success is pretty much a predictor of their future. They are driven to do great things.”


Senior biology major Eva Edinger was showcased as a Featured Student in the department’s bachelor’s program.


Edinger said she was honored to be awarded in a college where the faculty and staff are so helpful and dedicated to propelling students’ careers.


“I was deeply honored to receive this recognition and to know my professors have supported me in my academic endeavors and my love for learning,” she said. “My professors and the faculty and staff at Louisiana Tech have shown me unwavering support in my field of study. They always welcomed any questions or concerns I had.”


Edinger said the ANS program equipped her with more than enough skills to succeed and receive employment opportunities in the future.


“The ANS college, as well as the biological sciences department, provides students with the tools they need to succeed in life and in their careers,” she said. “Students are challenged to think critically and encouraged to think strategically.”


Jamie Newman, an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences, was the recipient of the ANS Scholarly Activity Award, and said she was flattered and humbled to be in such highly regarded company.


“It is one of the most humbling and meaningful honors when your own colleagues recognize you for your own contributions to the college,” she said. “Those of us who were nominated for these awards are seen by our peers as contributing significantly to the mission and success of the college and it’s an honor to be a part of a group that represents the college.”


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