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Awards and Honors


Andrew Kulmatiski

Andrew Kulmatiski

Andrew Kulmatiski has been selected for the 2017 QCNR Teacher of the Year Award. This award is given each year to recognize and emphasize excellence in teaching. Other scholarly activity such as research and publication records may become a consideration in selection process, but the main emphasis will be on teaching excellence as judged by faculty and students.

Maggie Hallerud

Maggie Hallerud

Maggie Hallerud earns the 2017 Peak Prize: Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Award. This award was inaugurated in 2004 and endowed by David and Terry Peak in 2008. In addition to being an excellent student, a notable undergraduate researcher is one who has consistently engaged in independent inquiry, through classes, student employment, and independent research grants.

Dan MacNulty

Dan MacNulty

Dan MacNulty has been selected to receive the 2017 QCNR Undergraduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award. The award is given each year to recognize and emphasize excellence in academic mentoring. Other teaching and scholarly activity may become a consideration in the selection process, but the main emphasis is on excellence in academic mentoring as judged by faculty and students.

Maggie Hallerud

Maggie Hallerud

Maggie Hallerud has been selected for the 2017 QCNR Undergraduate Researcher of the Year Award. This award is given each year to recognize an undergraduate student who has consistently engaged in independent inquiry through courses, extracurricular engagement and independent research. Students also typically seek to share their results at undergraduate research events or professional conferences.

Lacy Smith

Lacy Smith

Lacy Smith, a PhD Ecology student working with Dan MacNulty, has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Lacy was one of 2,000 recipients selected from a pool of over 13,000 applicants. The fellowship provides an annual $34K stipend to the fellow and a $12K cost-of-education allowance to the university for 3 years ($138K total).


Mike Kuhns

Mike Kuhns

Mike Kuhns, USU Forester and Department Head of the Wildland Resources Department, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Utah Community Forest Council and Utah Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Kuhns was praised for his leadership and ingenuity in authoring a number of books, web tools and programs to educate the public about trees and sustainable communities.   

Terry Messmer

Terry Messmer

Terry Messmer, USU Extension Wildlife Specialist, was among the 2017 recipients of the Governor’s Medal for Excellence in Science and Technology. The honor is awarded annually to selected residents and companies that have provided distinguished service or made significant contributions to Utah’s advanced scientific and technological knowledge, education and industry. Messmer is noted for his diverse abilities and his passion for the land, stewardship, wildlife and helping those most affected by conservation policies.

Terry Messmer & Nicki Frey

Terry Messmer & Nicki Frey

Terry Messmer and Nicki Frey received the 2016 Group Achievement Award at The Wildlife Society’s 23rd Annual Conference. The Utah Community-Based Conservation Program’s (CBCP) was recognized for its outstanding achievements in professional wildlife management, which is led by USU Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist, Terry Messmer.

Dustin Ranglack

Dustin Ranglack

Dustin Ranglack, who graduated with his PhD at USU in 2014, has just been awarded the Southwood Prize by the British Ecological Society for a 2015 paper, of which he was first author, published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. That paper was a chapter in his dissertation. This international award is highly prestigious in ecology and puts a spotlight on graduate studies at USU. His major professor was Johan du Toit.

Doug Ramsey

Doug Ramsey

Virginia Burkett, USGS Associate Director of Climate and Land Use Change gave great praise to Doug Ramsey for the work the Remote Sensing/GIS Laboratory has done through UtahView. UtahView has been working with USU Extension to promote understanding of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) as well as work done in development of geospatial education for K-12 groups around the state.

Terry Messmer

Terry Messmer

Terry Messmer has been selected to receive The Wildlife Society's 2016 Caesar Kleberg Award for Excellence in applied Wildlife Research. The award was established to recognize scientists whose body of work has resulted in application to wildlife management and conservation. The award will be presented at the Annual Members Meeting on October 16, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Brianne Palmer

Brianne Palmer

Brianne Palmer has been named the 2015-2016 Wildland Resources Outstanding Senior. The QCNR Scholar of the Year Award is given annually to recognize and emphasize excellence in undergraduate scholarship. Other service and student activity involvement may become a consideration in the selection process, but the main emphasis will be on scholarly achievement.