The University of New Orleans College of Sciences 43rd Annual Honors Convocation took place on Tuesday, April 19 in the Sen. Theodore “Ted” M. Hickey Ballroom at the University Center. The event recognizes students for their academic success, involvement in research and dedication to UNO. University President John Nicklow delivered a welcome address and Steve Johnson, dean of the College of Sciences, served as master of ceremonies.
Across the college’s seven departments, 52 awards were presented to 158 undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to the departmental awards, 28 students selected for this year’s College of Sciences Undergraduate Research Program (COSURP) were acknowledged for their research achievements. Students in COSURP work alongside faculty mentors and graduate students in faculty labs. All students received stipends for their work, and some received course credit for independent research.
A senior in the Department of Psychology with a 4.0 grade average, Jessica Dupuy, was presented with the 2016 College of Sciences Dean's Award. Dupuy was awarded a cash prize, certificate and engraved award. Her name has been added to the plaque which is permanently displayed in the College of Sciences to recognize students who achieve this high honor.
This year’s recipient of the College of Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Award was Lori Hodges, instructor in the Department of Mathematics. Hodges was recognized for her innovation in implementing new pedagogies and technologies in freshmen mathematics classes, resulting in greater student success and retention. Miriam Daunis, associate dean in the College of Sciences, presented the award.
“Lori has a reputation in the classroom as an enthusiastic and approachable advocate for student learning, and her students certainly appreciate these efforts,” Daunis said as Hodges accepted the award.
In addition to noting the outstanding efforts of the award recipients, Johnson closed the evening by recognizing the parents, siblings, spouses and significant others, friends, relatives and children whose support and patience provide the foundation for the students.
“This group is the one that made it possible for all these outstanding men and women to be recognized here tonight,” Johnson said.