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CMU awards and highlights, April 2019

April awards and highlights

Here’s a roundup of honors for CMU faculty, staff and students from April.

Contact: Ari Harris


​Central Michigan University faculty, students, staff, alumni, colleges and departments regularly receive accolades and honors. Here’s a roundup of recognition from April.

Creating teams across disciplines

Faculty in the College of Arts and Media were awarded grants from the college to pursue a variety of projects, ranging from producing a podcast to researching the impact of opioid use. To be eligible, the projects needed to include one faculty member outside of their department, incorporate students and have the team interact with an external entity.

Campus-community connections

CMU faculty member Shelly Hinck, staff member Thomas Rohrer, student Katelyn Massaria and community partner Mount Pleasant Public Schools received CMU’s new President’s Awards for Excellence in Community Engagement.

Doctoral student wins travel award

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A doctoral student in CMU’s science of advanced materials program, Neerajan Nepal, received a distinguished student travel award from the Forum of International Physics of the American Physical Society. The prize supported Nepal’s trip to the APS April meeting in Denver where he presented a talk.

Scholarly pursuits: India

Graduate student Emily Dimet is CMU’s first student to receive a Boren Fellowship from the National Security Education Program. The award enables students to study languages and cultures in countries important to U.S. national security interests.

Associate dean of CLASS named

Marcy Taylor was appointed associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Taylor first joined CMU as an assistant professor in English language and literature and has since served as both the department’s director of composition and its chair.

Scholarly pursuits: Research fellow

Biology major Lillian Hendrick is a recipient of The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship award provides a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 and a $12,000 allowance for tuition and fees at Hendrick’s institution of choice. Hendrick’s will use the fellowship award to continue researching the evolution and conservation of endangered butterflies.

Bound for Belgium

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Dorien Smith, a computer science major, landed a professional internship through the nonprofit International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience Association. Smith will work in Belgium at Inmanta, a technology and solutions provider in the telecommunications industry.

Fashion prof wins teaching excellence award

wrap-mamp1.jpg Fashion merchandising and design faculty member Michael Mamp received a teaching excellence award from the International Textile and Apparel Association. The award recognizes Mamp for his leadership in undergraduate and graduate education.




College honors VanDeusen

Betsy VanDeusen was named the Marie Berrell Endowed Professor for 2019-22 by the College of Education and Human Services. The award is given to a faculty member who has participated in research, undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching, the College of Education and Human Services Literary Center or reading clinic, and has collaborated with preschool through 12th grade school personnel.

Student reflects on Quebec

Annika Cushnyr, a double major in French and political science, received the Provost’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishments. Cushnyr was nominated by the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Richard Rothaus. Cushnyr has participated in study abroad programs in Quebec, Sweden and France.


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