The College of Sciences has introduced several new awards as a way to recognize excellence in our focus areas. Explore the awards and view past winners below.

Staff Everyday Excellence Award

These awards recognize staff members who deliver outstanding service and make a positive impact on someone’s day or the outcome of a project. See below for more information:

  • Both staff and faculty can nominate staff members.
  • Staff members receive a certificate and a small gift.
  • Recognition events will be held at least once a semester.
  • Award does not include financial incentive.
Nominate a Staff Member

Winners

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2024

View the February 2024 Winners

February 2024

  • Gabrielle Martinez
  • Lynne Cohen
  • Leida Vera Nater
View the January 2024 Winners

January 2024

  • Joe Roberts
  • Kariss Grissom
  • Sheila Kramer

2023

View the December 2023 Winners

December 2023

  • Cherie Brinkman
  • Donna Phillips
View the November 2023 Winners

November 2023

  • Luke Haslebacher
  • Kyrie Ottaviani
  • Kerry Knapp
  • Omesh Persaud
View the October 2023 Winners

October 2023

  • Thuong Tran-Thuong
  • Anelis Diaz
  • Jennifer Branson
View the September 2023 Winners

September 2023

  • Stephanie De Sousa
  • Dani Draper
  • Joe Roberts
  • Jessica Banos
  • Jennifer Rosse
View the August 2023 Winners

August 2023

  • Kelly Shilton
  • Jane Ingalls
  • Jodi Elder
  • Calli Putnam
  • Ann Miller
  • Esperanza Soto Arcino
  • Wayneeta King
  • Lisa Haas
View the July 2023 Winners

July 2023

  • Janette Daeschler
  • Julia Walton
  • Anjella Warnshuis
  • Katherine Briceno
  • Destiny Makepeace
View the June 2023 Winners

June 2023

  • Venessa Nieves
  • Crystle Bechtold
  • Nicole Williams
  • Summer Bernini
  • Jamie Kosnosky
  • Debbie Doyle
  • Kenneth Koloski (nominated twice)
  • Esperanza Soto Arcino
  • Shameika Daye
  • Mirelys Medina
  • Erin Aldinger
View the May 2023 Winners

May 2023

  • Debbie Doyle
  • Laura Stephenson
  • Ray Ramontar
  • Maria Murillo Cordonero
  • Iolanda Guseman
  • Tamara Pullin
  • Wanda Tummons (nominated twice)
  • DD Moulett
  • Charles Elliott
View the April 2023 Winners

April 2023

  • Janette Daeschler
  • Katherine Bricerno Plathy
  • Morgan Lemmen
  • Erika Remley
  • Melany Socorro
  • Sheri Pearson
  • LaNique Chesterfield
View the March 2023 Winners

March 2023

  • Kiyoka Nieves
  • Jamie Kosnosky
  • Jodi Reinhart
  • John Rotolo
  • Devon Orand
  • Margo Johnsen
  • Miriam Beckles
View the February 2023 Winners

February 2023

  • Julia Walton
  • Karen Reinemund
  • Kyle Martin
  • Doreen Goulding
  • Jessica Banos
  • Susanne Carpenter
  • Wanda Tummons
  • Tonya Walker
  • Jodi Reinhart
  • Donna Philllips
  • Laura Stephenson
  • Evgenia Yunusova
  • Jonathan Bowen
  • Robin Cooper

Staff Ace Award

These awards recognize a staff member who consistently takes initiative to support COS while working well with those around them. This person could be considered a “mover and shaker” in their respective area. While having direct reports isn’t necessary, they should demonstrate strong leadership skills that inspire others. See below for more information:

  • One staff member per month is selected.
  • Both staff and faculty can nominate staff members.
  • The nominee’s direct supervisor must support the nomination.
  • Nominees will be considered for the award for three months.
  • Winners will receive a certificate, a small gift and $250.
  • Recognition events will be held at least once a semester.
Nominate a Staff Member

Winners

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View the 2024 winners

February 2024

Mirelys Medina, COS Business Center

January 2024

Erin Aldinger, COS Dean’s Office

View the 2023 winners

December 2023

Donna Phillips, Psychology

November 2023

Mikala Armioia, Psychology

October 2023

Morgan Lemmen, COS Marketing Team

September 2023

Sheri Pearson, COS Business Center

August 2023

Jodi Reinhart, COS Post Award

July 2023

Tara Gamble, UCF RESTORES

June 2023

Tonya Walker, COS Dean’s Office

May 2023

Christina Alecse, UCF RESTORES

April 2023

Maria Williams, COS Dean’s Office

March 2023

Doreen Goulding, Mathematics

February 2023

Jamie Kosnosky, Nicholson School of Communication & Media


Pinnacle Award

This annual award recognizes one Staff Ace Award winner with a financial reward.


Recognizing Outstanding Instruction Award

These annual awards recognize faculty’s outstanding instructional accomplishments, contributions and impact at the undergraduate or graduate level. See below for more information:

  • Accomplishments in multiple categories related to instruction will be recognized.
  • Chairs and directors can nominate full-time faculty of any rank from their unit.
  • Winners will receive a certificate of recognition.
  • Recognition event will be held every spring.
  • Not all nominees will receive an award.
  • Award does not include financial incentive.
Nominate A Faculty Member

Winners

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Stacy Barber, Professor (Anthropology)
Neil Duncan, Associate Professor (Anthropology)
Amanda Groff, Senior Lecturer (Anthropology)
Sandra Wheeler, Associate Lecturer (Anthropology)
Peter Sinelli, Senior Lecturer (Anthropology)
Paul Varcholik, Instructor (Nicholson School of Communication & Media)
Karen Mottarella, Senior Lecturer (Psychology)
Michael Loree, Instructor (Sociology)
Aubrey Jewett, Associate Professor (School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs)
Christa Diercksen, Associate Lecturer (Biology)
Michele Yeargain, Instructor (Biology)
Nicole Lapeyrouse, Lecturer (Chemistry)
Rachid Ait Maalem Lachen, Associate Lecturer (Mathematics)
Piotr Mikusinski, Professor (Mathematics)
Barry Sandler, Associate Professor (Nicholson School of Communication & Media)
Archana Dubey, Senior Lecturer (Physics)
Richard Jerousek, Lecturer (Physics)
William Kaden, Associate Professor (Physics)
Adam LaMee, Instructor (Physics)
Laurene Tetard, Associate Professor (Physics)
Drew Doyle, Instructor (Statistics and Data Science)
Nizam Uddin, Professor (Statistics & Data Science)
Jonathan Conway, Associate Instructor (Nicholson School of Communication & Media)
Steve Neel, Associate Instructor (Nicholson School of Communication & Media)
Michael Dunn, Associate Professor (Psychology)
Thomas Dolan, Associate Professor (School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs)
Michael Armato, Associate Lecturer (Sociology)
Angela Vergara, Lecturer (Sociology)
Denisia Popolan-Vaida, Assistant Professor (Chemistry)
Rick Brunson, Senior Instructor (Nicholson School of Communication & Media)
Melissa Dodd, Associate Professor (Nicholson School of Communication & Media)
John Murray, Assistant Professor (Nicholson School of Communication & Media)
Jason Chesnut, Lecturer (Psychology)
Kelsey Larsen, Assistant Professor (School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs)
Rong Zhou, Lecturer (Statistics & Data Science)

Faculty Research Excellence AwardS

These annual awards recognize research and creative work. Chairs and directors will have an opportunity to nominate faculty from their unit. See below for more information:

  • Awards include multiple categories adjusted depending on the nominations received.
  • Winners will receive a certificate and a small gift.
  • Recognition event will be held every fall.
  • Not all nominees will receive an award.
  • Award does not include financial incentive.

Award Winners

Please reference the COS Research and Facilities Annual Report 2021-2022 flipbook below for the full list of winners of each of the following awards:

  • UCF Strategic Program Awards – Page 14
  • Top Awards – Page 18
  • Top Collaborative Awards – Page 19
  • Career Awards – Page 19
  • Top Awards from Various Sponsor Types – Page 20
  • Top Equipment Award – Page 21