Congrats to these 2010 CALS Outstanding Senior Award recipients

CALS Outstanding Senior Awards recognize students for their scholastic performance, leadership, and service. Students nominated by their department or with a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher can apply. Applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff from the College.

  • Each 2010 CALS Outstanding Senior Award winner maintains at least a 3.78 grade point average.
  • In addition to their outstanding academic performance, these students demonstrate remarkable records in both leadership and service.

2010 Outstanding Senior Award Winners

James Campbell (Nutritional Sciences) — James had a very impressive undergraduate career. He was a strong student, regularly earning Dean’s List recognition and graduating at the top of his class. Beyond the classroom, James chaired the Global Health and Advocacy Committee for the UW-Madison American Medical Student Association. He also participated in an international medical mission trip to Costa Rica and Panama where he researched local disease conditions and helped provide patients with necessary care. James’ outstanding academic performance and engagement in professional pursuits provide a fantastic model for future students.

Johanna Erstad (Biology) — Johanna’s record of scholarship and service are admirable. Graduating with a 3.95 grade point average, she has received many academic honors. In addition to her outstanding academic performance, she participated in two international experiences, a traditional semester abroad to Spain and an international trip with her Horticulture class to Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Johanna also helped start a new student organization, Students for Bilingual Outreach, and completed extensive work with youth volunteering in elementary schools and participating in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Schools of Hope Literacy Project. Johanna’s academic record and involvement make her standout from other talented UW-Madison students.

Lydia Hardie (Dairy Science) — Lydia has been an exceptional student and leader in the College since her freshman year. She has maintained a 3.9 grade point average and will graduate with academic distinction. During her time on campus Lydia has taken leadership positions in five CALS student organizations. Lydia was also one of 10 CALS students selected to participate in a USDA leadership education program and was a large part of the program’s success. She also served as a student member of the Farm and Industry Short Course Task Force. Lydia’s remarkable energy and leadership will be missed as she graduates and takes on new challenges.

Alyce Marsh (Biochemistry and Nutritional Sciences) — Alyce is a tremendously accomplished young scholar. She will graduate with an honors degree studying biochemistry and nutritional sciences. Her undergraduate research won a Hilldale award and a research award from Genetech. Alyce also completed a summer research internship with the Clinical Endocrinology Branch of the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and has published two journal articles. Alyce has also been a student representative on a College committee and served in leadership positions for two student organizations. Alyce participated in a great deal of service mentoring youth and volunteering in numerous health care settings. Alyce’s high level of achievement is deserving of Outstanding Senior Award recognition.

Sean McMaster (Biochemistry and Mathematics) — Sean’s undergraduate career was characterized by high levels of academic achievement and involvement. He will graduate with an honors degree and has been admitted to the Emory University School of Medicine MD – PhD program. While on campus Sean served as the CALS Student Council President and was a member of the Dean of Students Advisory Committee. In his role as CALS Student Council President, Sean was instrumental in helping CALS students learn about the ramifications of changes to the Associated Students of Madison constitution.  Sean also represented UW-Madison in two national competitions, the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl and the Genetically Engineered Machines competition. Sean’s influence on the College will be felt for a long time.

Melanie Rawlings (Biochemistry and Spanish) — Melanie truly made the most of her experience at UW-Madison participating, and excelling, in both academic and non-academic activities. Melanie  has a 4.0 grade point average pursuing a double major in Biochemistry and Spanish.  Beyond the classroom, Melanie has been involved with a wide range of activities participating in the Babcock House, the UW Running Club, the UW Pre-Dental Society, and serving on the Biocore Board of Directors. Melanie also completed a study abroad trip and an international health service trip. Melanie’s presence will be missed, but she leaves a strong legacy for others to follow.