by Sarah Powell

Each spring, the University of West Georgia dedicates a day to celebrate the hard work and achievements of its top students. Scholars’ Day, sponsored by the UWG Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Research, consists of two main events: an undergraduate research conference in the afternoon and the annual Honors Convocation in the evening.

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Students offer a brief look into their research.

Scholars’ Day looked a bit different this year, as the physical event was canceled due to COVID-19. The Honors College made adjustments so that students’ research would still be shared and award recipients could still be honored.

“The Office of Undergraduate research is so proud of the students who participated and so grateful for their faculty members who were instrumental in providing these opportunities for students,” said Dean of the Honors College Dr. Janet Donohoe. “Through undergraduate research, students come to understand the applicability of all that they are learning at West Georgia.”

Students from all majors were encouraged to submit presentations and research. Abstracts of participants’ research presentations can be found at this link.

For over 50 years, UWG has recognized the achievements of its superior students at the annual Honors Convocation. Students are selected for awards by the faculty in their disciplines. They must possess at least a 3.2 overall GPA and fulfill all additional departmental requirements to be chosen. These students are UWG’s best and brightest being honored by their faculty.

The following is a list of honors convocation award recipients:

  • College of Science and Mathematics
    The James Emory Boyd Awards

    Chemistry: Perry Wasdin
    Geology: Samuel Kirkham
    Computer Science: Lucas Carlson and Victoria Jenkins
    Physics: James Howard

    The Outstanding Senior in Biology Faculty Award

    Emily Miles

    The American Institute of Chemists Award

    Abigail Denny

    Mrs. Jewell Miles Burson Calculus Award in Math

    Alexander Kowalewski

    Marion Crider Awards

    Chanceley Book
    Sydnie Hand
    Zoe Wheat

  • College of Social Sciences
    The Tom Herndon Awards

    Geography: Jessica Sinel
    Criminology: Taylor Godby
    Sociology: Jeri Shaffer
    Economics: Bryce Cornicelli
    History: Avery Stanley
    Political Science: Logan Johnston
    Psychology: Amari Ephraim

    The Carole E. Hill Award in Anthropology

    Ryan Bennett

    The Waring Distinguished Scholar Award

    Jawonna Coleman

  • College of Arts and Humanities
    The Gordon Watson Award

    Art: Katherine Slay
    English: Tegan Peders
    Philosophy: Nathan Azarowicz
    French: Laurel Faye
    German: Laura Smedley
    Spanish: Danielle Gorman
    Mass Communications: David Morrison
    Theatre Arts: Jarod Lewchuck
    Music: Alyssa Pinson

    Sally Pafford Memorial Scholarship

    Kari Wood

    The H. O. Lovvorn Scholarship

    Caroline Phelps

  • Tanner Health System School of Nursing
    Nursing Award of Excellence

    Bachelor of Science Nursing: Rita Bansah
    Bachelor of Science Nursing: Jonathan Dickerson

  • Richards College of Business
    Frank R. Hunsicker Award in Management

    Ashton Johnson

    College of Business Award in Academic Excellence

    Accounting: Leslie Solano
    Finance: Emily Green
    Marketing: Lea Edwards
    Real Estate: Keisha Gilliam
    Management Information Systems: Justin Triggs

  • College of Education
    Outstanding Student in Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Caitlin White

    Outstanding Student in Early Childhood Education

    Julie Hally

    Outstanding Student in Secondary Education

    Sydney Anderson

    W. Malcolm Flanagan Award in Special Education

    Laura Flores Austin

    Outstanding Student in Physical Education

    Connor Sims

    Health and Physical Education Excellence in Teaching

    Austin Barron

    Outstanding Student in Sport Management

    Mary Ryann Powell

    Exemplary Leadership in Sport Management

    Dominick Stanley

    Outstanding Student in Health and Community Wellness

    Brittany Smith

    Making a Difference - Outstanding Community Service Award

    Mackenzie DiNatale

  • University Awards
    Outstanding Women’s Studies Award

    Meredith Matthews

    Beheruz N. Sethna Undergraduate Research Award

    Tinaye Gibbons

    Outstanding Honors College Students

    Freshman: Kelin Price
    Sophomore: Sarah Rogers
    Junior: James Harris
    Senior: Abigail Denny

    John J. Pershing Award for Scholarship

    Chelsea Grant

    Academic Recognition Day Scholar

    Sarah Gross

    Dr. Donald Wagner Honors Faculty of the Year

    Dr. Lisa Crafton

    Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor Award

    Dr. Leah Haught


Posted on April 23, 2020