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NREM Faculty and Staff Awards

International and National Awards and Accolades


2016 Group Achievement Award; The Wildlife Society: Dr. Dwayne Elmore

2015 Henry A. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award; Association for Fire Ecology: John Weir

2015 Fellow, International Academy of Wood Science: Dr. Salim Hiziroglu

2015 Society for Range Management Outstanding Achievement Award for Research: Dr. Karen Hickman

2015 Central Plains Society of Mammalogists Best Masters Student Presentation:
Emily Artz (Advisor: Sue Fairbanks)

2015 Society for Range Management Annual Meeting:
1st Place Display Board: OSU Range Club
Undergraduate Range Management Exam: Second Place, Jeremy Schallner
Jack Tidwell was elected president of the National SRM Student Conclave

2015 Ouachita Society of American Foresters 2015 Forestry Education Award:
Dr. Tom Kuzmic

State and Regional Awards and Accolades


2017 Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Oklahoman Award: Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf

2016 Outstanding Alumnus; Texas Tech University, Department of Natural Resources: Dr. Craig Davis

2016 Oklahoma Ornithological Society Fall Technical Meeting Graduate Student Oral Presentations:
First Place: Fidelis Atuo (Advisor: Tim O' Connell)
Second Place: Caitlin M. Laughlin (Advisor: Tim O' Connell)

2016 Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society Student Presentation Award:
First Place:  Danielle Techentin (Advisor:  Sue Fairbanks)
Second Place:  Evan Tanner (Advisor:  Dwayne Elmore)
Third Place:  Caitlin Laughlin (Advisor:  Tim O’Connell)

2016 Oklahoma Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Student Presentation Award:
First Place:  Robert Mollenhauer (Advisor:  Shannon Brewer)

2016 Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society Undergraduate Scholarship:
Joshua Mouser

2016 Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society Publication Awards:

  • Outstanding Peer-reviewed Scientific Article: Thermal Patterns Constrain Diurnal Behavior of a Ground-dwelling Bird by J. Matthew Carroll (former Ph.D. student), Craig A. Davis, R. Dwayne Elmore, Samuel D. Fuhlendorf, and Eric T. Thacker published in Ecosphere (2015)
  • Outstanding Technical PublicationA Practical Guide to Food Plots in the Southern Great Plains by Adam Gourley (former M.S. student), Dwayne Elmore, Mike Porter, Russell Stevens, John Weir, and Terry Bidwell

2016 Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society Private Land Management Award:
Mr. Win and Mrs. Kay Ingersoll;  Nominated by Dr. Scott Loss.  The Ingersoll’s have made a considerable contribution to research in our department through funding Dr. Loss’ quail research project in eastern Oklahoma.   Additionally, they provide an example of how conservation efforts on private lands can have real impacts for wildlife.

2016 Oklahoma Chapter of The Wildlife Society Harold C. Stuart Conservation Excellence Award:
Mr. John Groendyke; Nominated by Sam Fuhlendorf.  Mr. Groendyke has been a major supporter of wildlife conservation throughout the state and has been a major supporter of NREM through the creation of the Groendyke Endowed Chair in Wildlife Conservation and a graduate fellowship.  Mr. Groendyke is currently the longest tenured commissioner of Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and has served on the boards of several conservation organizations.

2015 Forestry Education Award, Ouachita Society of American Foresters: Dr. Tom Kuzmic

2015 Oklahoma Heritage Forester's Award: Dr. Ed Miller

University and CASNR Awards and Accolades


OSU Graduate College:
2016 Outstanding Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Gail Wilson

2016 OSU Research Week Poster Contest:
First place: Kat Zaiger, Graduate Student

2016 OSU 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) Competition:
First place: Adam Cobb, PhD Student

2016 CASNR Teaching Excellence Award: Dr. Tom Kuzmic

2016 CASNR Distinguished Seniors:
Nolan Craun and Katie Schwartz

2016 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) Competition:
First place: Adam Cobb, PhD Student
Second place: Laura Mino, MS Student

2015 Regents Distinguished Teaching Award: Dr. Karen Hickman

2015 Faculty Excellence Award; OSU Interdisciplinary School of International Studies: Dr. Tom Kuzmic

2015 CASNR James A. Whatley Award: Dr. Gail Wilson