Outstanding Thesis Award winners Christopher L. Coffey, second from left, and Ginger M. Kelly are pictured with their faculty mentors Dr. Jeffrey D. Colby, left, and Dr. Brent Taubman. Not pictured is Dr. L. Baker Perry who also mentored Kelly’s work.
Ashley C. Brewer, who received a master’s degree in Appalachian studies, was honored for her thesis titled “Get on Board Children: The Story of Desegregation in Yancy County, North Carolina.” Brewer’s faculty mentor was Dr. Patricia D. Beaver.
Christopher L Coffey was honored for his thesis, “The Effects of Impervious Surfaces and Forests on Water Quality in a Southern Appalachian Headwater Catchment: A Geospatial Modeling Approach.” Coffey is a graduate of the Department of Geology. His faculty mentor was Dr. Jeffrey D. Colby.
Geography graduate Ginger M. Kelly was honored for her thesis “Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.” Her faculty mentor was Dr. L. Baker Perry.
Each received a $300 cash award. The students were honored during a ceremony earlier this month, during which six other students were also recognized.
The Joyce V. Lawrence Professional Development Award was presented to Eva M. Beeker, a clinical mental health counseling major. She received $500 to offset the cost of attending a professional conference.
Atul C. Bhula, a business administration major, received the Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award, which includes a $200 award.
The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, which includes $200, was presented to Rafaella Sale, a graduate student in psychology, and April L. Walters, a graduate student in Appalachian studies.
Joshua D. Kelly, an engineering physics major, received the James Greene Graduate Fellowship in the Sciences and a $500 award.
Elizabeth J. DeSanto, a clinical mental health counseling major, received the Lovill Fellowship. The fellowship assists with in-state tuition and fees.