Congratulations to WALSAA’s 10 Outstanding Sophomores for 2023! Back from left: WALSAA President Michael Murphy, Lindsay Propst, Kylie Konyn, Sophia Schoenfeld, Natalie Roe, Kaela Groppel, CALS Dean Glenda Gillaspy; Front from left: Sophia Green, Siyun Liu, Veronica Goveas, Juila Prouse, Hermary Gonzales Photos and bios of individual recipients are also available. Please contact

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) recently continued its proud tradition of promoting student excellence at UW–Madison. After receiving  several applications, the WALSAA scholarship committee narrowed down its search for the top 10 Outstanding Sophomores through a rigorous prescreening process that focused equally on academic achievement, campus involvement/leadership, community service and relevant experience. From there, twenty-seven students were selected to interview in front of a panel of three WALSAA members. Ten final awardees were selected based on excellence in academics, leadership, and service to the University and their community. These students were each awarded a $2,000 scholarship and recognized at the WALSAA Outstanding Sophomore and Leadership Awards Ceremony.

WALSAA’s Outstanding Sophomore Award Recipients for 2023 include:

  • Hermary Gonzales; Pearl City, Hawaii; Wildlife Ecology
  • Veronica Goveas; Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; Biology
  • Sophia Green; Sun Prairie, Wisconsin; Animal Science
  • Kaela Groppel; Appleton, Wisconsin; Biochemistry and Psychology
  • Kylie Konyn; San Diego, California; Dairy Science
  • Siyun Liu; Shanghai, China; Genetics and Genomics
  • Lindsay Propst; Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; Genetics and Genomics
  • Julia Prouse; Beloit, Wisconsin; Microbiology
  • Natalie Roe; Monticello, Wisconsin; Dairy Science
  • Sophia Schoenfeld; Waterford, Wisconsin; Biology

WALSAA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the connection of students, faculty, and alumni to the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, known as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS.  For more information on WALSAA visit