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COSM Awards

Past Award of Excellence Recipients


Award of Excellence in Teaching

Name Title Department Year
James Reichard Professor Geology & Geography 2021
Tanesha Osborne, Ph.D. Senior Lecturer Chemistry & Biochemistry 2020
Scott Kersey, Ph.D. Professor Mathematical Sciences 2019
Suzanne Carpenter, MS Associate Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2019
Colton Magnant, Ph.D. Associate Professor Mathematical Sciences 2018
Shainaz Landge, Ph.D. Associate Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2017
Checo Colón-Gaud, Ph.D. Associate Professor Biology 2016
Hua Wang, Ph.D. Associate Professor Mathematical Sciences 2015
Marshall Ransom Sr. Lecturer Mathematical Sciences 2014
Michele Cawthorn, Ph.D. Associate Professor Biology 2013
Joy Darley, Ph.D. Associate Professor Mathematical Sciences 2012
Laura Frost, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2011
Delena Gatch, Ph.D. Associate Professor Physics 2010
Jessica Orvis Associate Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2009
Laura Regassa, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2008
Jeff Orvis, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2007
Sharon Taylor, Ph.D. Associate Professor Mathematical Sciences 2007
Patricia Humphrey Associate Professor Mathematical Sciences 2006
David Stone, Ph.D. Professor Mathematical Sciences 2005
Charles Trupe, Ph.D. Associate Professor Geology & Geography 2005
Pranoti M. Asher, Ph.D. Associate Professor Geology & Geography 2005

Award of Excellence in Research

Name Title Department Year
Aaron Schrey, Ph.D. Associate Professor Biology 2021
Rafael Quirino, Ph.D. Associate Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2020
Christian Cox, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Biology 2019
Mark Edwards, Ph.D. Professor Physics 2018
Ryan Fortenberry, Ph.D. Associate Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2017
Ji Wu, Ph.D. Associate Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2016
Marshall Ming, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2015
Hua Wang, Ph.D. Associate Professor Mathematical Sciences 2014
Risa Cohen, Ph.D. Associate Professor Biology 2013
Jing-Yuan Zhang, Ph.D. Professor Physics 2012
Lance McBrayer, Ph.D. Associate Professor Biology 2011
Daniel Gleason, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2010
Christopher Cutler, Ph.D. Associate Professor Biology 2009
Jonathan Geisler, Ph.D. Associate Professor Geology & Geography 2008
Bruce Schulte, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2007
Quentin Fang, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2006
Lance Durden, Ph.D. Associate Professor Biology 2005
Clayton Heller, Ph.D. Professor Physics 2004

Award of Excellence in Service

Name Title Department Year
Shainaz Landge Associate Professor Chemistry and Biochemistry 2021
Jiehua Zhu, Ph.D. Professor Mathematical Sciences 2020
Jennifer Zettler, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2019
Michelle Cawthorne, Ph.D. Associate Professor Biology 2019
Ria Ramoutar, Ph.D. Lecturer Chemistry & Biochemistry 2017-18
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. Associate Professor Geology & Geography 2013-14
Sarah Higdon, Ph.D. Associate Professor Physics 2012-13
William Irby, Ph.D. Associate Professor Biology 2011-12
Patricia Humphrey, Ph.D. Associate Professor Mathematical Sciences 2010-11
Susie Lanier, Ph.D. Associate Professor Mathematical Sciences 2009-10
Laura Regassa, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2008-09
Lissa Leege, Ph.D. Professor Biology 2007-08
Jim LoBue, Ph.D. Associate Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2006-07
Todd Deal, Ph.D. Professor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2005-06
Donna Saye, Ph.D. Associate Professor 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:

Staff Award of Excellence

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. An 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: The deadline for COSM Awards of Excellence nominations is 26 March 2022. All completed application materials should be sent electronically to COSM@georgiasouthern.edu in the COSM Dean’s Office, no later than 7 May 2022.

View the Awards page for policies and procedures related to University awards.

Name Title Department Year
Dillon Marcy Laboratory Coordinator Physics & Astronomy 2021
Laura Griffiths Laboratory Coordinator Biology 2021
Nikki Collins Senior Administrative Secretary Mathematical Sciences 2020
Linda Smith Senior Administrative Assistant Geology and Geography 2019
Melissa Gast-Goodman Assistant to the Dean COSM Dean’s Office 2018
Janee Cardell Administrative Coordinator Biology 2017
Thomas Anderson Laboratory Supervisor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2016
Nathan Takas, Ph.D. Laboratory Supervisor Chemistry & Biochemistry 2015
Robert Deal Manager of Electronics and Research Technology COSM Dean’s Office 2014
Maria Sibbald Admin. Secretary COSM Advisement Center 2013
Nikki Collins Sr. Admin. Secretary Mathematical Sciences 2012
Marion Welch Chemical Instrumentation Manager Chemistry & Biochemistry 2011
Carol Fox Admin. Secretary Mechanical and Electrical Engineering 2010
Robert Deal Manager of Electronics and Research Technology COSM Dean’s Office 2009

Last updated: 3/18/2022