Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff who were recognized at the 2016 College of Science Honors Convocation.



  • Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Gary Zank, Chair-Space Science and Director of CSPAR
  • Las Cumbres Amateur Outreach Award, Gena Crook, Mathematical Sciences
  • Editor-In-Chief, SIMULATION: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International, Dr. Mikel D. Petty, Computer Science 
  • NASA New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science Award, Dr. Phillip Bitzer, Atmospheric Science
  • Outstanding Faculty/Staff Mentor, Student Leadership Awards, Ryan Wade, Atmospheric Science
  • Discovery of gravitational waves as  members of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, CSPAR Research Scientist & Adjunct Assistant Professor Dr. Tyson Littenberg and Space Science Department graduate student, Jessica Page
  • US Space & Rocket Center Silver Service Award, College of Science Dean's Office


  • 2016 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Raskin Scholar, Amanda Weigel, Earth System Science
  • NOAA Hollings Scholarship, Adam Clayton, Earth System Science
  • Alabama Commission on Higher Education Graduate Research Fellowship, Dipen Barot, Physics
  • Alabama Commission on Higher Education Graduate Research Fellowship, Sarthak Dasadia, Physics
  • Alabama Academy of Science Research Grant, Ashton Koenig, Biology
  • Outstanding Student Presentation Award from the Aerosols-Clouds-Precipitation Symposium, Nan Feng, Atmospheric Science
  • Winner, 18th Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation (18SMOI) Student Competition, Anthony Lyza, Atmospheric Science
College of Science students who achieved excellence in academic performance by attaining a 4.0 during spring or fall 2015 semester while competing as a varsity athlete. These students were recognized at the Academic Honors Night on February 11, 2016 in Spragins Hall.


  • Natalie Davis – Lacrosse
  • Brent Elder- Baseball
  • Kendall Knisley - Volleyball
  • Chloe Whitworth - Cross Country and Track & Field
  • Brydon Groves-Scott - Cross Country and Track & Field
  • Katelin Barber – Track & Field
  • Sara Jarnagin- Basketball
  • Victoria Winslow - Cross Country and Track & Field
  • Rogena Jackson -Track & Field
  • Madison Pegouske - Cross Country and Track & Field



DeJarra Johnson is the Outstanding Student from the College of Science at the Fall 2015 Commencement celebrations.

DeJarra finished a BS in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology in 3 ½ years with consistently excellent academic performance.  She has served as both Science Ambassador and Honors College Ambassador.  DeJarra will attend medical school in the fall of 2016.

Congratulations to all of the students, faculty, and staff who were recognized at the 2015 College of Science 
Faculty & Staff Awards 2015
  • NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory grants, Dr. Ming Sun, Physics
  • NASA EarthKAM STEM-education camera system contract, Dr. Rob Griffin, Atmospheric Science
  • NSF biodiesel research grant, Dr. Carmen Scholz, Interim Chair-Chemistry
  • Paper Selected by GenScript Scholars Program, Dr. Hannah McFeeters, Chemistry
  • NSF Blue Waters Petascale Application Improvement Discovery (PAID) Grant, Dr. Nikolai Pogorelov, Space Science
  • NSF CubeSat Award, Dr. Michael Briggs, Space Science
  • NSF Grant to Research STEM Student Retention, Dr. Debra Moriariety, Chair-Biology
  • Accepted into the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory Scientific Collaboration, CSPAR, Space Science
  • Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Axford Medal, Dr. Gary Zank, Space Science
  • 2015 UAH Research and Creative Activity Mentor Award, Dr. Robert Griffin, Atmospheric Science
  • 20 years of service to the POLY division of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Carmen Scholz, Chemistry
  • Dr. Adriel D. Johnson, Sr Power of One award from the UAH Minority Graduate Association, Dr. Emanuel Waddell, Chemistry
  • Senior Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Dr. Timothy Newman, Computer Science
  • Interviewed guest on Science Friday Live! on Public Radio International, Dr. Richard S. Miller, Physics
  • UAH Individual Investigator Distinguished Research Award, Dr. Luciano Matzkin, Biology


  • NASA DEVELOP scholarship, Sara Amirazodi, Atmospheric Science
  • EPRI Environment Sector Technology Transfer Award, Aaron Kaulfus, Atmospheric Science
  • 10 most downloaded chemistry article, ScienceDirect, Mollye Sanders, Biology 
  • First Place, undergraduate Physical and Liberal Sciences, Werner von Braun Memorial Symposium Student Poster Competition, Adam Clayton, Earth System Science
  • First Place, graduate Physical and Liberal Sciences, Werner von Braun Memorial Symposium Student Poster Competition, Sarthak Dasadia, Physics
  • NASA DEVELOP Virtual Poster Contest winner, Daryl Ann Winstead, Atmospheric Science
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Conference attendees, Samuel Nkruma-Agyeefi and Geordan Burkes, Chemistry
  • Summer internship at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Steven Doyle, Biology and Chemistry minor
  • National Council of Undergraduate Research Poster selection, Kareem Omar, Physics
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship, Anthony DeStefano, Space Science; Xiaocan Li, Space Science
  • Regional 3-Minute Thesis 2nd-place winner, Aleksandra Pivovarova, Biology
  • American Chemical Society Organic Student of the Year, Kelly Marie Steinberg, Chemistry
  • Best Student Oral and Poster presentation from the 7th Annual Conference on the Meteorological Applications of Lightning Data, Retha Mecikalski, Atmospheric Science
  • Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Thesis Award in the category of Digital Scholarship, Eric Anderson, Earth System Science


Faculty & Staff Awards-2014

  • Senior member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Lingze Duan, Physics
  • NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, Dr. John Gregory, Chemistry
  • 2 NSF CAREER Awards
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution To The Advance Of Applied Meteorology, Dr. Dick McNider, Atmospheric Science
  • 7 UAH Distinguished Research Award
  • Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching, Dr. Carol Strong, Physics
  • Distinguished Professor, University of Alabama Board of Trustees, Don Greggory, Physics
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advance Of Applied Meteorology
  • Team Leader, ISSI Research Team, Dr. N.V. Pogorelov, Space Science

Student Awards-2014

  • First Prize, Von Braun Research Symposium Poster Competition, Jeanné le Roux, Earth System Science
  • Second Prize, Von Braun Research Symposium Poster Competition, Chris Phillips, Earth System Science & Physics
  • Winner of Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Thesis Competition, Eric Anderson, Earth System Science
  • Three-minute Thesis Winner, Aleksandra Pivovarova, Biology
  • EPA fellow, Montana Etten-Bohm, Earth System Science undergraduate
  • Graduate Student Scholarship Program Award from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, Lin Yang, Physics
  • NASA Headquarters Hands On Project Experience (HOPE) Group Achievement Award, Tomasz Lis and Dr. John Gregory, Physics
  • NASA Develop Project Lead, Kel Markert, Earth System Science
  • National Science Foundation Scholarship for Service "Cyber Corps" scholarship
  • 15 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowships
  • National Council of Undergraduate Research Poster selection, Casey Calamaio, Earth System Science
  • AMS Radar Conference Poster Award
  • Three-minute Thesis Winner, David Gray, Biology
  • UAH Green Fund award for the establishment of a sustainable, natural fertilizer program
  • 4 HudsonAlpha BioTrain undergraduate student internships; 3 graduate student internships
  • 19 Summer Research & Creative Experience for Undergraduates recipients
  • 35 Internships & Co-Ops (academic year, 2014)
  • Honors College Student of the Year, Adam Powell, Chemistry

Aleksandra Pivovarova