2012 Undergraduate Student Awards
The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture announces the winners of this year’s undergraduate student awards.
Dung (Emily) Tran, from Vietnam, has a triple major in financial economics, accounting, and finance. An excellent student in each of her three degree programs, Emily is also this year’s outstanding international student for the Maine Business School. In addition to maintaining her high GPA, Emily has been an undergraduate teaching assistant in economics courses and a tutor for accounting classes and student athletes. She is currently treasurer of both the Asian Student Association and the Student Heritage Alliance Council. The College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture is pleased to recognize her as the Outstanding International Student for 2012.
This year’s Wallace C. and Janet S. Dunham Prize for the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture is awarded to Jorge Adarraga from Union City, New Jersey, an animal & veterinary sciences major. In addition to his animal and veterinary sciences degree, Jorge is about to complete requirements for a second degree—a double major in biochemistry and molecular and cellular biology. While at UMaine, Jorge has worked in the Maine Animal Health Lab, attending to the daily care of the research animals and assisting with animal diagnostics work. His supervisor is impressed with his compassion for the animals in his care and his hunger to learn new skills. Jorge has been accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.
Amanda Chaney, from Searsport, Maine, is this year’s winner of the Frank B. and Charles S. Bickford Prize in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. Amanda is an animal and veterinary sciences major in the pre-veterinary concentration, with a GPA of 3.9. According to her advisor, Amanda combines an incredible aptitude for science and strong interest in veterinary medicine with a remarkable drive and focus. In addition to excelling in her courses, Amanda has volunteered hundreds of hours working with local veterinarians. She has been active in the Waldo County Riding and Driving Club and shared her love of horseback riding by giving free riding lessons to disadvantaged youths in the Searsport area. Amanda is an outgoing, dependable, and confident young woman who has been accepted to three veterinary schools: University of Pennsylvania, University of Prince Edward Island, and Iowa State University.