CALS Outstanding Senior Awards recognize students for their scholastic performance, leadership, and service. Students who are nominated by their department or have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher can apply. Applications are reviewed by faculty and staff on the CALS Recruitment and Scholarships Committee.
This year, each CALS Outstanding Senior Award winner maintains at least a 3.8 grade point average. In addition to their outstanding academic performance, these students demonstrate remarkable records of both leadership and service.
2014 Outstanding Senior Award Winners
Rachael Baird (Genetics with Certificate in Global Health) – Rachael is from New Berlin, Wisconsin. During her time on campus, she sought opportunities to mentor others. Rachael served as a CALS Ambassador, a Physics Learning Center Peer Mentor Tutor, and a Student Success Institute STEM team member. She also gave back to the greater Madison community as a volunteer at the American Family Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Goodman Community Center. Following graduation Rachael will be attending the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western University.
Lauren Brzozowski (Horticulture) – Lauren is from Brookfield, Wisconsin. Lauren came to CALS after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Lauren pursued a Horticulture major to study plant breeding and genetics. While in CALS, she completed an undergraduate research project on seed production in biennial vegetable crops funded by a Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and she was actively involved in the community as a math tutor, and garden volunteer. She will begin a Ph.D. program in Plant Breeding and Genetics this Fall.
Caroline Collins (Agricultural Business Management and Environmental Studies) – Caroline is from Plymouth, Minnesota. She participated in many service activities while on campus. Caroline was a cast member in Humorology, a comedic musical show that raises funds for the Boys and Girls Club; she completed an Alternative Break volunteering with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center adaptive ski program for disabled kids and adults; and served as a chemistry and math tutor for the Center for Academic Excellence. Caroline also competed two internships and a study abroad experience at Oxford.
Natalie Dosch (Nutritional Sciences with Certificates in Global Health and African Studies) – Natalie is from Madison, Wisconsin. She was a leader in student organizations serving as a committee member in UW – Madison Habitat for Humanity and UW – Health Occupations Students of America. She was also very active in health related activities. Natalie conducted mentored research in the Meriter Hospital Neonatology Laboratory; completed an internship with the West Africa AIDS Foundation in Accra, Ghana; served as a Student Health Advocate with University Health Services; and completed a field course in Kathmandu, Nepal where she toured urban and rural health care centers.
Emily Lingeman (Biochemistry with Honors in Research) – Emily is from Brookfield, Wisconsin. Emily’s time on campus was characterized by involvement in student leadership and research activities. Emily held several leadership positions with Circle K International, the Undergraduate Biochemistry Association, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Emily completed four mentored research experiences, two on the UW-Madison campus, one at Cambridge University, and one at Harvard University. Emily also served as a Research Mentoring Intern for the Institute for Biology Education where she co-facilitated Biology 260, a course for students entering research.
Lynzie Miller (Animal Science) – Lynzie is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Lynzie maintained a 4.0 grade point average while engaging in significant leadership for CALS student organizations. She served as the Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon Chair, the Badger Bonanza Lamb Show Chair, and the Association of Women in Agriculture’s Breakfast on the Farm Chair. Lynzie also completed an internship in Sydney, Australia with the Randwick Equine Center and completed a mentored research project in Dr. Tom Crenshaw’s nutrition lab. Lynzie will attend veterinary school in the Fall.
Catherine Turng (Biology and Life Sciences Communication with a Certificate in Environmental Studies) – Catherine is from Madison, Wisconsin. During her undergraduate career, Catherine has maintained a 4.0 GPA and completed undergraduate research projects with professors in Environmental Studies and Medical History and Bioethics. Catherine also served as a group leader for Asian American Intervarsity and was the Event Coordinator for the Chinese Language and Culture Club. Catherine also worked on science education programs while interning with the Taipei Zoo and National Taiwan Science Education Center.