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2023 Student Award Winners

Cash-up Davis Merit in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Andrew Bartelheimer

Andrew Bartelheimer is a 5th generation dairy farmer who is passionate about doing the right thing for the animals, land, and employees. He has spent the last four years pursuing a B.S. in Animal Science- Management with a minor in both Crop Science and Spanish to help prepare him for success in the dairy industry. He has been on the WSU President’s Honor Roll every semester and has earned many dairy related scholarships. Outside of the classroom he participates in many different clubs and research projects including the Cooperative University Dairy Students program and the North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge. He plans to combine the leadership experience, knowledge, and hands-on training gained at Washington State University to operate his family’s dairy farms in Washington after graduation.

Cash-up Davis Merit in Human Sciences

Edwin Gianini

Edwin Gianini attended Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington before enrolling as a transfer student at Washington State University in Spring of 2020. Upon arriving, Gianini woo Id increase his emphasis on _academic excellence, act as a Research Assistant for Dr. Gregmar I., and close Spring with. a 3.93 GPA. However, his role as the Pledge President of co-ed professional fraternity Delta Sigma Pi during Spring 2020, would be what defined his time at Washington State University. In the last 2 years, he would be elected to the roles of Senior Vice President, and most recently President, of Delta Sigma Pi, challenging student engagement gaps University-wide. In his final year at Washington State University he has organized, 􀇖nd moderated large-scale student events, joined CougsFirst! as the organization’s first intern, assisted the McCluskey Foundation in campus safety research, and co­founded the Red Cross Club.

Graduating Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Research Award

Brook Mac

Brook is completing her third and final year of undergraduate work at WSU. she is studying in the Honors College which allowed her to be admitted into WSU College of Veterinary Medicine Early Admissions Program, Class of 2027. During Brook’s time at WSU, she has been able to participate in various clubs, work at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and a Teaching Assistant for Animal Science Course: Young Horse Handling. Brook will be completing her Honors Thesis and presenting at SURCA in March 2023. Brook’s research focuses on determining the locus for moorit phenotype (red-brown wool) in Wensleydale sheep. Her interesting lie within caring for, advocating, and helping protect endangered and threatened species. She is interested in becoming a small animal/exotic veterinarian so she can better care for all animals.

Graduating Human Science Research Award

Claire McMeen

Claire McMeen is a fourth-year student from Issaquah, Washington majoring in Human Development and Psychology with the Child and Youth Development option. Since her first semester at WSU, Claire has worked as a research assistant in Dr. Sammy Perone’s Lab for the Developing Mind, aiding in research processes and learning about children’s self-regulation of emotion and behavior. In her role, Claire has had the opportunity to take on leadership roles in research projects, work directly with children and families, and contribute as an author on a research paper involving emotional regulation processes. These experiences sparked her passion for research and for working with children and families through human services. Following graduation, Claire intends to attend graduate school to become a youth and family therapist. She values working in communities directly to help create positive conditions for families to thrive and hopes to make research findings more accessible to underserved populations.

Emerging Leader in Agricultural Science

Lauren Stubbs

Lauren Stubbs is a junior from LaCrosse, Washington. A proud third generation Coug and fifth generation Whitman County wheat farmer, Lauren’s intended major is Field Crop Management with a minor in Crop Science. Using her passion for production agriculture and desire to help farmers advance their operations, Lauren plans on pursuing an advanced degree in agronomic sciences to become a researcher or extension agronomist. Her goal is to make crop research data and experimental results easier to interpret and more accessible to producers. Outside of school, Lauren works for the WSU Winter Wheat Breeding Program, and on her family’s farm. In her free time, she enjoys running, working on the farm, and caring for her livestock.

Emerging Leader in Human Science

Andrew Davila

Andrew Davila is an ambitions junior at WSU studying Economics with a minor in Business Administration. Throughout his four semesters at WSU, Andrew has maintained a 3.97 GPA while being a leader in the community. He is a resident advisor who aims to maximize the freshman experience for his residents and is an ASWSU Senator who identifies problems on campus and works to resolve them. Driven by his love for chess, Andrew founded WSU’s chess club and currently sits as president. To fund his education, Andrew works two jobs; as a food server at Hillside Cafe, and as a conduct office assistant for Housing and Residence Life. As his graduation date comes near, Andrew wants to prioritize academics to prepare for graduate school. He is beginning the process of writing his Honors thesis and plans to be an intern over the summer working on data analytics and economic-related topics.

Emerging Leader in Natural Resource Science

Ryotaro Colon

Ryotaro Colon is a Junior at WSU from Everett, Washington, majoring in Environmental and Ecosystem Sciences and minoring in Biology and
Statistics. He is a 4.0 GPA Honors College student who is a part of the WSU Marine Environmental Physiology Lab, CAHNRS ambassador program, and SOE 300 Virtual Ecology project and teaching assistant team. Ryotaro is employed by the CAHNRS Academic Programs department and uses his weekends to volunteer at WSU events and attend public trainings such as the Pacific Northwest Leadership Conference. In Spring 2023, he will be traveling with WSU faculty on separate trips to Uruguay and New York City to learn about sustainable food systems in South America and participate in the National Model United Nations. Upon graduation, Ryotaro will obtain a graduate degree in marine environmental conservation to later conduct research or serve people in ecologically sensitive areas. He is beyond thankful to receive this award.

CAHNRS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Undergraduate Award

Alyn Rivera

Alyn Rivera Vidals is a Senior majoring in Human Development with a minor in Spanish. Alyn has served as a Peer Mentor in the Engaged Learning & Career Action Center, Student Ambassador in the Office of Admissions, Judicial Board member for Associated Students of WSUV (ASWSUV) Student Government. Recently elected Chief Justice of the Judicial Board, Wellness Intern in the Office of Student Involvement, and La Bienvenida Orientation Coordinator.
Upon graduation, Alyn hopes to work in higher education focusing on access to higher education supporting latinx students demonstrating how higher education is achievable and a tool that improves our communities. CAHNRS to me is a welcoming space with various resources that challenge myself and goals in making a difference in the communities that I am a part of. CAHNRS not only is a program that influences my academics but is a tool I know I will take with me after graduation.

CAHNRS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Graduate Award

Meenakshi Richardson

Meenakshi is a citizen of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe and a Prevention Science PhD student at Washington State University Vancouver. She works alongside both tribal and urban Indian communities to provide health and human services, community partnerships, and Indigenous informed systems of care. She adapts Western approaches through decolonial praxis to address intergenerational trauma, access, racial equity, and social justice. Her research interests involve trauma transmission amongst Indigenous populations via the caregiver-child dyad and behavioral health outcomes, culturally grounded interventions, adaptation, and decolonizing methodologies. Within the WSU system, Meenakshi serves as the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter President, she is a student member of the WSUV Native Community Advisory Board and the WSUV Campus Indigenous Presence Steering Group. She is also engaged as a member of the Prevention Science program DEI workgroup.

CAHNRS Graduate Leadership Award

Kathryn Bruzios

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Superior Club

Entomology Graduate Student Association


Outstanding Seniors

Saira Allan – Apparel Design

Ruby Anderson – Agricultural Education

Ben Asan – Earth Science

Risa Bridge – Environmental Science

Neylan Bryan – Wildlife Ecology & Conservation Science

Christopher Busch – Business Economics

Lucy Case – Field Crop Management

Miguel Fuentes – Agriculture Technology & Production Management

Edwin Gianini – Financial Markets

Joseph Ikueze – International Economics

Maguire Isaak – Agricultural Economics

Mitchell Kent – Quantitative Economics

Annette Loring – Viticulture & Enology

Bradley Lubeck – Food Science

Martha Lum – Agricultural & Food Business Economics

Gabrielle Lund – Environmental & Ecosystem Science

Claire McMeen – Human Development

Ian Nickels – Forest & Ecology Management

Hannah Peha – Agricultural Biotechnology

Ava Rambo – Apparel Merchandising

Kolby Ross – Economic Policy & Law

Chase Winkler – Animal Science