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CNR Graduate Research Symposium Winners Announced

CNR graduate research symposium

The inaugural 2018 College of Natural Resources Graduate Research Symposium celebrated the dedicated research of graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in the three departments making up the college. Students from Forestry and Environmental Resources; Forest Biomaterials; and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management competed for prizes in both a poster and a three-minute thesis competition.

“The event was a SMASHING success,” said Dean Mary C. Watzin.  “I am so proud of all the graduate students and post-doctoral scholars who participated.  It was inspiring to talk with so many of you, and my congratulations as well to the winners and their advisors.”

Three Minute Thesis Competition

  • Grand Prize: Matthew Jurjonas (PhD, PRTM), advised by Dr. Erin Seekamp
  • Runner-up: Danielle Lawson (PhD, PRTM), advised by Dr. Kathryn Stevenson and Dr. Nils Peterson
  • Peoples Choice: Seunghyun Yoo (PhD, FB), advised by Dr. Sunkyu Park and Dr. Stephen Kelley

Poster Competition

  • Grand Prize: Kunwar Singh (Post-Doctoral Scholar, CGA)
  • Runner-up:  Ann Savage (MS, PRTM), advised by Dr. Carla Barbieri
  • Third Place: Georgina Sanchez (PhD, CGA), advised by Dr. Ross Meentemeyer
  • Honorable Mention: Nicholas Kruskamp (PhD, CGA), advised by Dr. Joshua Gray and Dr. Ross Meentemeyer

“I only regret that we could not award a prize to each of the participants, because you were all amazing,” said Marian McCord, Associate Dean of Research for the College. “While we only had prizes for the competitors, we acknowledge that this research is made possible by our outstanding faculty and staff who work so hard to create, manage and maintain the infrastructure and services that support the college research program!”

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To learn more or to participate next year, visit the event website at