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COSM Awards

Past Award of Excellence Recipients

Award of Excellence in Teaching
Name Title Department Year
Shainaz Landge, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. Chemistry & Biochemistry 2016-17
Checo Colón-Gaud, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Biology 2015-16
Hua Wang, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Mathematical Sciences 2014-15
Marshall Ransom Sr. Lecturer Mathematical Sciences 2013-14
Michele Cawthorn, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Biology 2012-13
Joy Darley, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Mathematical Sciences 2011-12
Laura Frost, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2010-11
Delena Gatch, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Physics 2009-10
Jessica Orvis Asst. Prof. Chemistry & Biochemistry 2008-09
Laura Regassa, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2007-08
Jeff Orvis, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2006-07
Sharon Taylor, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Mathematical Sciences 2006-07
Patricia Humphrey Assoc. Prof. Mathematical Sciences 2005-06
David Stone, Ph.D. Professor Mathematical Sciences 2004-05
Charles Trupe, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Geology & Geography 2004-05
Pranoti M. Asher, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Geology & Geography 2003-04

Award of Excellence in Research
Name Title Department Year
Ryan Fortenberry, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. Chemistry & Biochemistry 2016-17
Ji Wu, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. Chemistry & Biochemistry 2015-16
Marshall Ming, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2014-15
Hua Wang, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. Mathematical Sciences 2013-14
Risa Cohen, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. Biology 2012-13
Jing-Yuan Zhang, Ph.D. Professor Physics 2011-12
Lance McBrayer, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Biology 2010-11
Daniel Gleason, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2009-10
Christopher Cutler, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Biology 2008-09
Jonathan Geisler, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. Geology & Geography 2007-08
Bruce Schulte, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2006-07
Quentin Fang, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2005-06
Lance Durden, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Biology 2004-05
Clayton Heller, Ph.D. Professor Physics 2003-04

Award of Excellence in Service
Name Title Department Year
Alan Harvey, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2016-17
Christine Whitlock, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2015-16
Michele McGibony, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2014-15
Robert Yarbrough, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Geology & Geography 2013-14
Sarah Higdon, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. Physics 2012-13
William Irby, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Biology 2011-12
Patricia Humphrey, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Mathematical Sciences 2010-11
Susie Lanier, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. Mathematical Sciences 2009-10
Laura Regassa, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2008-09
Lissa Leege, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2007-08
Jim LoBue, Ph.D. Assoc. Prof. Chemistry & Biochemistry 2006-07
Todd Deal, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2005-06
Donna Saye, Ph.D. Asst. Prof. Mathematical Sciences 2004-05
Mark Edwards, Ph.D. Professor Physics 2003-04

Selection of Recipients for the COSM Award of Excellence

Each year, the College of Science and Mathematics Award Committee will recognize and reward outstanding contributions of COSM Faculty Members in areas of Teaching, Research and Service. One Award of Excellence will be made annually, in each of the three areas. Detailed information on nomination criteria and nominee responsibilities for the Award Committee can be obtained through the following links:

The deadline for COSM Awards of Excellence nominations is Monday, October 16, 2017. All completed application materials should be sent electronically to Melissa Gast-Goodman in the COSM Dean’s Office, no later than Monday, November 6, 2017.

Staff Award of Excellence
Name Title Department Year
Janee Cardell Admistrative Coordinator Biology 2016-17
Thomas Anderson Laboratory Supervisor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2015-16
Nathan Takas, Ph.D. Laboratory Supervisor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2014-15
Robert Deal Manager of Electronics and Research Technology COSM Dean’s Office 2013-14
Maria Sibbald Admin. Secretary COSM Advisement Center 2012-13
Nikki Collins Sr. Admin. Secretary Mathematical Sciences 2011-12
Marion Welch Chemical Instrumentation Manager Chemistry & Biochemistry 2010-11
Carol Fox Admin. Secretary Mechanical and Electrical Engineering 2009-10
Robert Deal Manager of Electronics and Research Technology COSM Dean’s Office 2008-09

Selection of Recipients for the COSM Staff Award of Excellence

The College of Science and Mathematics wishes to recognize the hard work and excellence of our staff members, who support our mission of education, research, and service. In their honor, we have established the COSM Award of Excellence for Staff. This award, to be given annually, will recognize in writing and at the Fall COSM College Convocation of Faculty and Staff the achievements of a staff member within the college. A cash award of $500 and a ceremonial plaque will also be provided.

Eligibility: Only regular Classified and Professional Staff employed for a minimum of one year are eligible. Not eligible: part-time or full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at Georgia Southern. Note: Regular Classified and Professional Staff members taking courses at Georgia Southern through the TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) are eligible to apply. Previous award winners are ineligible to be nominated for three years after winning.

Nomination and Application Process: Nominations for the Award can be submitted electronically to Melissa Gast-Goodman until Monday, October 16, 2017. On October 17, 2017 nominees and nominators will be notified. At this time, you will have until Monday, November 6, 2017 to complete the Endorsement Form for the nominee(s) of your choice. The Associate Dean and an ad hoc committee of staff members (who are not nominees) and/or faculty representatives will then review the submissions.

University Awards for Excellence

View the Awards page located on the Provost’s website for nomination procedures.

Last updated: 10/17/2017