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The National Round of Competitive Higher Education Awards concludes at the end of June. More than 250 U of A students have been awarded nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, grants, and internships in the 2021-2022 academic year for a total of more than $2.1 million.

The Provost’s Office and Nationally Competitive Awards Office held their annual State and National Awards Reception at the Jim and Joyce Faulkner Performing Arts Center earlier this spring. Students and their teachers and mentors received a booklet celebrating their achievements, including an online version that shows awards given after the celebration, such as Fulbright US Student Scholarships and Morris K. and Steward L. Udall Foundation.

The spring event celebrated the successes of students and mentors with congratulations from Terry Martin, Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and Suzanne McCray, Vice Provost of Registration and Director of the Awards Office nationally competitive. Kathy Sloan, Acting Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and TKS Kumar, Co-Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, were on hand to present individual awards to students and their mentors.

Coleman Warren, Truman Scholarship (2021) and Rhodes Scholar (2022), spoke on behalf of the student recipients to thank the many people who supported their efforts.

“This has been another outstanding year for student success nationally and internationally. said Martin. “Faculty and staff are an important part of this success, encouraging and mentoring these committed, ambitious and service-minded students, and the results speak for themselves. These students are well on their way to continuing this exceptional work as they embark on challenging and exciting graduate programs and professional careers. »

These awards at the state, regional and national levels were awarded on the basis of academic achievement, research, leadership and community involvement.

Students have received a long list of individual awards, including well-known national and international scholarships like the Rhodes, Knight-Hennessy, Goldwater, Gilman, Fulbright, and Critical Language Fellowships, as well as the National Science Foundation Senior Fellowship and the Congress-Bundestag Youth. Stock Exchange. There were also finalists for the Truman, Marshall and Gates-Cambridge scholarships. U of A students have also successfully participated in various academic team efforts and received competitive internships across the country.

A small cohort of faculty and staff have been awarded the Nationally Competitive Awards Office’s annual Gold Medal for their strong support of students as they apply for national and international opportunities. A department is also selected each year for its collective contribution to student research and competitive endeavours. Faculty, staff and departments can only receive the gold medal once. A complete list of past Gold Medal recipients is available on the National Competitive Awards Office webpage.

“Each year, our office recognizes faculty and staff who tirelessly support students, competing at the highest possible levels for national scholarships and for competitive postgraduate study,” McCray said. “And every year, our selection committee has a very difficult time narrowing down the list. These outstanding faculty and staff represent the dedicated support that occurs on our campus.

Office of Nationally Competitive Awards Gold Medals

2022 Faculty Gold Medals:

  • James Coffman – Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design – landscape architecture
  • Christian Goering – College of Education and Health Professions – Curriculum and Teaching
  • Adriana Rossiter Hofer—Walton College of Business – Department of Supply Chain Management
  • James Lampinen – Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences – Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Ashlea Milburn – College of Engineering – Department of Industrial Engineering
  • Lisa Wood—Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences – Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

2022 Staff Gold Medals:

  • Xochitl Delgado Solorzano – Honors College – equity and inclusion
  • Katie Sabo—Graduate School and International Education – Study Abroad and International Exchange Office

Departmental Gold Medal 2022:

  • Department of Industrial Engineering, presented to Ed Pohl, Professor and Head of Department

Special recognition also goes to all faculty and staff mentors recognized by students as key support, to the department and colleges, and to Nationally Competitive Awards Office staff, including Hannah Carothers, Graduate Assistant; Jonathan Langley, Associate Director; and Emily Wright, Associate Director, as well as the generous support of other offices, programs, and academic colleges, including the Office of the Provost, Office of Study Abroad and International Exchange, Graduate School, and International Education , the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Honors College.

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