CAHNR Recognizes Teaching, Research, and Service Excellence

CAHNR faculty, staff, students, and alums come together to be recognized for their contributions to the College


CAHNR held an annual awards event recognizing contributions from alumni, students, staff, faculty, and supporters. (Kevin Noonan/UConn Photo)

Members of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources community came together March 29, 2023 to recognize the contributions of distinguished alumni, faculty, staff, and supporters.

An annual event co-hosted with the College Alumni Board (UCAHNRA) and the CAHNR Excellence Committee, recipients are honored for their achievements in research, teaching, and service. They are also recognized for their efforts to advance CAHNR’s strategic vision and values in areas such as diversity, equity, and inclusion, and embracing UConn’s land grant mission.

UConn Vice Provost for Health Sciences and Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Amy Gorin, joined the event. CAHNR Dean and Director Indrajeet Chaubey also shared gratitude on behalf of the College for the contribution made by the year’s award recipients.

“Last year was marked by many firsts and records broken in all aspects of CAHNR’s mission. Our researchers won an impressive $40 million in new awards for their cutting-edge work, the highest in the College’s history. Our faculty and advisors also continues to provide transformational education to over 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Members of our alumni, which is over 22,000 strong, made major contributions in their respective fields. Thank you all for all that you do. You make CAHNR proud!”

2023 Recipients

Early Career Research Award

Roman Shrestha ’13, ‘17, Allied Health Sciences

Excellence in Research Award

Yangchao Luo, Nutritional Sciences

Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award

Kevin Li ‘19 ‘22, Natural Resources and the Environment

Graduate Student Research and Creativity Award

Colleen Mistler ‘23, Allied Health Sciences

Kinsman CAHNR Excellence in Teaching Award

Michael Puglisi ‘08, Nutritional Sciences

Graduate Student Teaching Award

Aviana Rosen ‘14, ‘21, ‘23, Allied Health Sciences

CAHNR Justice, Equity, Antiracism, and Inclusion Award

Cristina Colón-Semenza, Kinesiology

Excellence in Engagement and Outreach Award

Robert Huggins ‘07 ‘14, Kinesiology

CES Grant for Innovative Programming in Extension

Tessa L. Getchis and Michael Gilman, Extension

UConn 4-H Alumni Award

Wendy Kennedy

UConn 4-H Leadership Award

Jennifer ‘94 and William ’92, ’97 Syme

Meritorious Service to UConn 4-H Award

Peter Brzezicki ‘74

UCAHNRA Outstanding Staff Award in memoriam

Nicole Gabelman ’12, Plant Science and Landscape Architecture

UCAHNRA Outstanding Staff Award

Sara Tremblay ‘98, ‘06 ‘08, Natural Resources and the Environment

UCAHNRA Excellence in Teaching Award

Beth Lawrence, Natural Resources and the Environment

UCAHNRA Distinguished Alumni Award

Brendon McDermott ‘09, Kinesiology

Spirit of the Land Grant Award

Douglas Casa ‘97, Kinesiology

Spirit of the Land Grant Award

Dennis D’Amico, Animal Science

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