Every year CALS honors a select group of seniors for their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to the College. This year eight students were recognized; six won the CALS Outstanding Senior Awards and two won the Meyerhoff Award, a prestigious campus award. The CALS Outstanding Senior Award winners were: Shane Griffith, Luke Lopas, Elizabeth Poli, Khian Pua, Megan Ramaker, Trisha Weiland. The Meyerhoff Award winners were Ann Huenink and Lauren Walsh. Short biographies are included below.
CALS Senior Award Winners
- Shane Griffith, Beaver Dam ( (Major: Soil Science). Shane had a very impressive undergraduate career. He served as the Badger Turf and Grounds Club President and participated in numerous internships, one of which was with Torrey Pines Golf Course where he helped prepare the course for the U.S. Open. Shane also led a group of UW-Madison students in a national competition for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. Shane’s outstanding academic performance and engagement in professional pursuits provides an outstanding model for future students.Luke Lopas, Sturgeon Bay (Major: Genetics). Luke’s undergraduate career was characterized by high levels of academic achievement and involvement in College, Campus, and community activities. He served as the CALS Student Council President and participated on numerous College and Campus committees including the Leadership Program Committee and the Chancellor’s Welcoming Committee. Luke also conducted undergraduate research and was a varsity football player. Luke will be attending the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health next year. His contributions to the College cannot be overstated.
Elizabeth Poli, Park Ridge (Major: Genetics). Elizabeth’s inspiring record of service contributed greatly to both the CALS and the Madison community. During her time on campus, she volunteered with a women’s shelter, a retirement community, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Relay for Life, the Neighborhood House, and two children’s hospitals. As an honors student, Elizabeth engaged in undergraduate research in an oncology lab and presented her research at the McArdle Symposium for Cancer Research. Elizabeth’s academic performance and record of service are remarkable.
Khian Hong Pua, Singapore (Majors: Biochemistry and Chemistry). Khian maintained a 4.0 grade point average while completing a double major in biochemistry and chemistry. During his time at UW-Madison, Khian participated in research and outreach opportunities with the Genome Institute of Singapore, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, and the Village Health Project in Uganda. Khian’s work in the classroom and research laboratory earned numerous awards. In addition, he served as a peer mentor for three academic units and served as vice president of a student organization. Khian’s high level of achievement is deserving of Outstanding Senior Award recognition.
- Megan Ramaker, Carmel, Ind. (Majors: Biology) . Megan’s record of scholarship and professional development are admirable. Graduating with a 3.95 grade point average, she has received many academic honors. Her interest in veterinary medicine led her to complete internships and research related to animal health. She had an internship with Eli Lilly, she completed research in School of Veterinary Medicine Department of Surgical Sciences, and completed mentored research in a neuroscience lab where she studied a parasitic nematode that can cause fatal intestinal illness. Megan is a standout among students interested in veterinary medicine.
- Trisha Weiland, Menasha (Major: Dietetics). Trisha has used her interest in nutrition and health to make a tremendous contribution to UW-Madison and the broader community. Trisha served as president of the Dietetics and Nutritional Science Club; taught cooking classes for young women with metabolic disorders; participated in an Alternative Spring Break; analyzed public school breakfast programs and their effect on student behavior, attendance, and test scores; and evaluated part of University Food Service. Although her presence will be missed, she leaves a strong legacy for others to follow.
Meyerhoff Award Winners
- Ann Huenink, Cedar Grove (Majors: Life Sciences Communication and Dairy Science). Ann Huenink is one of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences’ finest students. Ann has been on the Dean’s List each semester while double majoring in Life Sciences Communication and Dairy Science. In addition to her outstanding academic achievements, Ann’s record of leadership and service is inspiring. On campus, Ann contributed to the development of younger students through her roles as a house fellow and an advisor at Student Orientation and Registration. Ann accepted leadership roles in four student organizations where she worked on both statewide and worldwide events that included the State Dairy Quiz Bowl and World Dairy Expo respectively. Ann routinely volunteers her time to programs and organizations such as Agriculture in the Classroom, the Ronald McDonald House, and Second Harvest Food Bank. While studying abroad in Chile, Ann volunteered over 12 hours per week helping children with disabilities and helping youth practice their speaking skills. Ann’s remarkable energy and leadership will be missed as she graduates and takes on new challenges.
- Lauren Walsh, Beloit (Major: Dairy Science) Lauren Walsh has made a tremendous contribution to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin community through her scholarship, leadership, and service. Lauren is a strong student; she regularly earns Dean’s List recognition while majoring in Dairy Science. During her undergraduate career, Lauren conducted research on the fermentation of feed mixes and contributed to a congressional briefing on the threat of agricultural terrorism. On campus she has held significant leadership positions with four different student organizations. Lauren also has a remarkable record of service to her community and the state that includes 15-years of volunteer service to the Wisconsin Winter Special Olympics. Lauren’s tremendous ability in and out of the classroom leaves an indelible mark on campus.