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Congratulations to the winners of the Spring 2015 URCA Assistant Program Awards!!

Vaughn Vandegrift URCA Assistant Research Mentor of the Semester Award

Joshua Wooten

Dr. Joshua Wooten, Kinesiology & Health Education  

Nominated by: Kaylee Poole & Andrew Seija

"We have worked with Dr. Wooten for the past 3 semesters and with his guidance and mentoring we have had the opportunity to work independently on research projects, publish our research, and then present it at a scientific conference. We would have never accomplished any of those things were it not for Dr. Wooten. Our expectations of URCA were far exceeded thanks to Dr. Wooten, and we will always be grateful to have him as a mentor."  

URCA Assistant Creative Activities Mentor of the Semester Award

Laura Hanson

Dr. Laura Hanson, Theater & Dance

Nominated by: Rachael Hutson 

"Working with Dr. Hanson this semester has been an absolute joy. My assistantship with her is challenging in a way that has caused me to grow and learn, and is still incredibly enjoyable. The skills that she is teaching me are ones that I will absolutely carry with me into my post-college career. Dr. Hanson has been and continues to be an extraordinary mentor and will be an important part of sculpting my future. I have no doubt that she should be recognized for her contribution to my educational experience." 

URCA Research Assistant of the Semester Award

Chase Tiffany

Chase Tiffany, Foreign Languages & Literature

Nominated by: Dr. Heidy Carruthers

"Mr. Tiffany's performance and professionalism as an URCA Assistant has far exceeded my expectations. During all of his research tasks he has demonstrated great motivation, creativity, discipline, and effort."

URCA Research Assistant of the Semester Award 

Callie Mincy

Callie Mincy, Dental Medicine

Nominated by: Dr. Asha Eapen 

"Callie is a gifted student with an optimum combination of assertiveness and respect in the laboratory environment. Her enthusiasm and dedication for research has been reflected in a manuscript that she has been diligently working on and will be presenting at several different conferences this spring."

Other nominees:


Dr. Sarah Luesse, Chemistry
Nominated by
Aaron Hancock

Dr. Darron Luesse, Biological Sciences
Nominated by
Veronica Heintz

Dr. Julie Holt, Anthropology
Nominated by
Nigel Knutzen

Dr. Song Chew, Mathematics and Statistics
Nominated by
Thomas Teague

Dr. Chin-Chuan Wei, Chemistry
Nominated by
Kyle Schafer


Alyssa Golike
Nominated by
Ms. Megan Robb, Art and Design

Andrew Seija
Nominated by
Dr. Joshua Wooten, Kinesiology and Health Education

Kaylee Poole
Nominated by
Dr. Joshua Wooten, Kinesiology and Health Education

Hannah Schlarman
Nominated by
Dr. Maria Kontoyianni, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Taylor Michel
Nominated by
Dr. Jenna Gorlewicz, Mechanical Engineering

Joshua Santarelli
Nominated by
Dr. Jenna Gorlewicz, Mechanical Engineering

Breanne Knightly
Nominated by
Dr. Walter Siganga, Pharmaceutical Sciences

Fall 2014 Award Winners
Spring 2014 Award Winners
Fall 2013 Award Winners
Spring 2013 Award Winners
Fall 2012 URCA Award Winners
Spring 2012 URCA Award Winners
Fall 2011 URCA Award Winners

For more information about the URCA program,
contact Dr. Laura Pawlow at 618-650-2608 or
The calls for nominations for these awards go out mid-fall and mid-spring.

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