Senior Honors and Awards
College of Arts and Sciences
Congratulations to all of our Outstanding 2021 Seniors!
Biology, Aquatic and Marine Biology, Molecular Biology
Dorothy L. Fuller Award
The Dorothy L. Fuller Award is named for a longtime faculty member and former chair of the Biology Department who was also an outstanding teacher. It is awarded annually to the most overall outstanding senior.
Recipient: Shmuel Binyamin Fogel (Molecular Biology)
- Amber Caton (Biology)
- Emma Hall (Biology)
- Kathryn Moran (Biology)
- Anna Baj (Biology)
- Shmuel Binyamin Fogel (Molecular Biology)
- Jeffrey Lu (Molecular Biology)
- Meghan McLean (Molecular Biology)
American Institute of Chemists Foundation Outstanding Senior Award
The award is sponsored by the American Institute of Chemists Foundation and is awarded to the outstanding senior majoring in Biochemistry or Chemistry.
Recipient: Matisyahu S. Fogel (Chemistry)
Communication and Media Studies
The Michael McFarland Award for Outstanding Senior in Communication and Media Studies
The Michael McFarland Award for Outstanding Senior in Communication and Media Studies is named for Dr. Michael McFarland, who founded the Communication and Media Studies program when he began his long career at the university in 1988. The award recognizes a graduating senior, selected by the department faculty, who is outstanding in academics and who uses communication to contribute to the community, be it in the department, the University, or the world beyond Stetson.
Recipient: Hannah Zeller (Communication and Media Studies)
Creative Arts, Art, Art History, Digital Arts, Theatre
Ed Hamill Award to Outstanding Senior
In late 1979, Edwin N. Hamill, a significant donor of artwork to Stetson University, desired to establish an annual scholarship-based award to be presented to an outstanding senior art major. At the time, it was the first award of its kind for the department, and in the fall of 1980 the first award was presented.
Recipient: Faith Belflower (Studio Art/Art History)
Marjorie Forster Gilbert Award
The Marjorie Forster Gilbert Award for Outstanding Student Performer recognizes a Theatre Arts or Communication Studies major who has demonstrated excellence as an actor or director in theatre production. Mrs. Marjorie Gilbert was a professor at Stetson from 1969 until her retirement in 1989. She was dedicated to drawing the best from her students, both in the classroom and on the stage, and her immense contribution to our Department over the years is commemorated with this award.
Recipient: Kiara Santiago (Theatre Arts)
- Jose Moncayo (Digital Arts)
- Destiny Rodriguez (Digital Arts)
- Steven Kalicharan (Theatre Arts)
- Faith Elizabeth Belflower (Studio Art, Art History)
- Jacob Woods (Digital Arts)
Outstanding Student in Economics
This award is presented to the top student in Economics based on his or her coursework, with an emphasis on the student’s senior research.
Recipient: Grace Highsmith (Economics)
Ray V. Sowers Elementary Education Award
This award recognizes the most outstanding graduate in Elementary Education.
Recipient: Jessica Gundy (Elementary Education)
Byron H. Gibson Award
The Byron H. Gibson Award, named for a former long-time chair of the English Department, was established by Dr. Gibson’s son and former students, and it is the most prestigious honor bestowed by the Department. It is presented annually to a student whose outstanding scholarly work in the classroom is complemented by other, also outstanding contributions to the Department and the University.
Recipient: Nelson E. Quezada Herrera (English)
- Desiree Ascevich (English)
- Rachel Myers (English)
- Noah Belachew (English)
- Rene Tyler Campbell (English)
- Nelson E. Quezada Herrera (English)
Environmental Science and Studies
The Rachel Carson Environmental Science Award
The Rachel Carson Environmental Science Award, the most prestigious award given to a Stetson Environmental Science student, is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Marion Potter and her late husband Mr. Charles Potter. This award recognizes the senior who has achieved exceptional academic standing and made extraordinary contributions through civic engagement on environmental issues.
Recipient: Stephanie Hanson (Environmental Studies)
- Andrea Gutierrez (Environmental Studies)
- Matthew Fairchild (Environmental Science)
- Stephanie Hanson (Environmental Studies)
Outstanding Senior in Gender Studies
This award recognizes the academic excellence and the overall contribution of a graduating senior, minoring in Gender Studies, to the mission of the program.
Recipient: Haley Qualls (Social Science)
Health Sciences Scholarship and Service Award
The Health Sciences Scholarship and Service Award is presented to Health Sciences seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance and research skills and commendable service to the Department of Health Sciences, Stetson University, and the DeLand community.
Recipient: Nadesha Phipps (Health Science)
- Kendall Lentz (Health Sciences)
- Nadesha Phipps (Health Sciences)
- Katherine Britt (Health Sciences)
- Rebecca Ingram (Health Sciences)
- Erin McRae (Health Sciences)
- Moriah Luallen (Health Sciences)
Gilbert L. Lycan History Award
Gilbert Lycan, PhD, was a popular and well-respected History professor at Stetson University from the ’50s through the ’70s. He also wrote the first history of the University. An award was established in his name to honor the outstanding seniors every year within the Department of History.
- Julia F. Bassett (History)
- Hannah Zeller (Communication and Media Studies, History)
- Kennedy Ryder (History, Political Science)
- Thuan Tran (History)
- Jason Slade Brown (History)
Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science
- Lacie Lynch (Mathematics)
- D. Zevi Altus (Mathematics)
- Madison Gipson (Computer Science)
- Lannie Dalton Hough III (Computer Science)
- Anna Hamilton (Mathematics)
- Daminie Appavoo (Economics, Applied Mathematics)
Ronald L. and Margaret Smith Hall Philosophy Award
The Ronald L. and Margaret Smith Hall Philosophy Award is given to honor the most outstanding graduating senior in the Department of Philosophy.
Recipient: Rachael Ryan (Philosophy)
- Rachael Ryan (Philosophy)
- Paxton Wilson (Physics)
Political Science, Public Management, International Studies
William Amory Underhill Award
Named for the late William Amory Underhill, Stetson alumnus, former trustee, and one of the most admired lobbyists in Washington, DC, this award is given annually to the student who has most demonstrated the discipline, integrity, and desire to pursue a successful career in public service and who is most likely to have a positive impact on government.
Recipient: George Alderman (Political Science)
- Arye Scott Beck (Political Science, International Studies)
- Kennedy Ryder (History, Political Science)
- Danielle Lund (Political Science)
- Sarah Nouri (Political Science)
- Sydney Betancourt (International Studies)
- Peter Greubel (Public Health)
The Psychology Department Award for Excellence in Research
The award is presented each year to the student who has completed the most outstanding psychological research project.
Recipient: Jason Schmidt (Psychology)
- Sara Gerken (Psychology)
- Emma Knowles (Psychology)
- Sara Buchanan (Psychology)
- Talia Culotta (Psychology)
- Olivia Tidd (Psychology)
- Gabrielle des Ruisseau (Psychology)
- Jung Soo Kim (Psychology)
- Bethany Moore (Religious Studies)
Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies
Sergei Zenkovsky Prize in Russian Studies
Stetson University acquired its first specialist in Russian Studies with Serge A. Zenkovsky, who was born in Kiev, studied in Prague, and taught at Indiana and Harvard Universities. His wife, Betty Jean, began the Russian Language program at Stetson. By an agreement in the early 1960s of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida, Stetson University was designated the member institution that would focus on study of the Russian area, and the Russian Studies Program was born. The Serge A. Zenkovsky Award is reserved for the top student of Russian language and culture.
Recipient: Lois Oxley (Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies)
- Samantha Dunlap (Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies)
Sociology, Social Science
World Languages and Cultures
- Teri-Ann Vallee (World Languages and Cultures)
University Honors Program Award for Outstanding Senior
Stetson's Honors Program was founded in 1956, making it the oldest program in the Southeast and one of the older programs in the United States. The Outstanding Senior in the University Honors Program is awarded based on academic performance and participation in the intellectual and communal life of the University.
Recipient: Ruby Moore (Communication and Media Studies)
- Hunter Wilkins (Honors, Organizational Behavior)