Communications

UF/IFAS Awards of Excellence for Graduate Research

Each year the Dean for UF/IFAS Research calls for the best thesis and dissertation from CALS majors. After a comprehensive review, the Research Award Committees selected the following best thesis and dissertation for recognition at the annual awards ceremony:

2017 Master’s Recipient of the UF/IFAS Graduate Research Award of Excellence

Awardee: Aseel El Zein
Advisor: Anne Mathews, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition
Title: “Food Insecurity Among College Freshmen: Prevalence Sociodemographic Correlates and Associated Health Nutrition and Academic Outcomes"

2017 Doctoral Recipient of the UF/IFAS Graduate Research Award of Excellence

Awardee: Natalie Nelson
Advisor: Rafael Muñoz-Carpena
Title: “Quantifying the Important of Abiotic and Biotic Freshbrackish Water Quality Drivers Using Data Analytics and Models"

List of Best Thesis Submissions by CALS Major in 2017

StudentTitleMajor
Kathleen M. Vazquez

STATISTICAL AND MECHANISTIC ANALYSIS OF BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY TO EVALUATE AND INFORM FOOD SAFETY AGRICULTURAL WATER REGULATIONS

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Karissa N. Raymond

THE ROLE OF SOCIAL CAPITAL IN ACHIEVING SUCCESSFUL DEVELOPMENT AND LONGEVITY OF COMMUNITY GARDENS IN FLORIDA

Agricultural Education and Communication

Gleise Medeiros da Silva

EFFECTS OF FREQUENCY SUPPLEMENTATION AND TIMING OF VACCINATION ON GROWTH AND IMMUNITY OF STRESSED BEEF CALVES

Animal Sciences

Octavio Menocal

ARTIFICIAL REARING OF XYLEBORUS VOLVULUS AND XYLEBORUS BISPINATUS AND VERTICAL DISTRIBUTION OF AMBROSIA BEETLES IN LAUREL WILT AFFECTED AVOCADO ORCHARDS

Entomology and Nematology

Kelli ODonnell

EVALUATING NURSERY AND OUTPLANTING ASPECTS OF THE POPULATION ENHANCEMENT PROCESS FOR STAGHORN CORAL ACROPORA CERVICORNIS

Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Aseel El Zein

FOOD INSECURITY AMONG COLLEGE FRESHMEN: PREVALENCE SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC CORRELATES AND ASSOCIATED HEALTH NUTRITION AND ACADEMIC OUTCOMES

Food Science and Human Nutrition

Leaundre DawesVaeth

ANALYZING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN TREE GIVEAWAYS: URBAN FORESTRY PLANNING AND POLICY WITH A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Forest Resources and Conservation

Stefan Kalev

CONCENTRATIONS AND LOADS OF DISSOLVED AND PARTICULATE ORGANIC CARBON IN URBAN STORMWATER RUNOFF AND POND OUTFLOW WATERS

Soil and Water Sciences

Camila Rodriguez Barbosa

INTERSPECIFIC INTERACTIONS OF TWO INVASIVE LIZARDS IN AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

List of Best Dissertation Submissions by CALS Major in 2017

StudentTitleMajor
Natalie G. Nelson QUANTIFYING THE IMPORTANCE OF ABIOTIC AND BIOTIC FRESHBRACKISH WATER QUALITY DRIVERS USING DATA ANALYTICS AND MODELS

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Anil Kumar Chaudhary THE EFFECTS OF COUNTY AND STATE FACULTY NETWORKING ON THE ATTITUDE TOWARD EVALUATION AND EVALUATION PRACTICES

Agricultural and Biological Engineering

James Anthony Estrada MECHANISMS UNDERLYING COGONGRASS (IMPERATA CYLINDRICA) INVASIONS

Agronomy

Chengcheng Li EQUINE SKELETAL MUSCLE MITOCHONDRIAL FUNCTION AND REGENERATION CAPACITY WITH AGING

Animal Molecular and Celluar Biology

Kylie Zirbel LARVAL NUTRIENTMEDIATED TRANSGENERATIONAL EFFECTS IN AEDES AEGYPTI MOSQUITOES

Entomology and Nematology

Zachary Siders THE ROLE OF HABITAT IN AQUATIC INTRA AND INTERSPECIFIC INTERACTIONS

Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences

Brittany Martin Xu

ASSESSING THE QUALITY OF HUANGLONGBING SYMPTOMATIC AND ASYMPTOMATIC ORANGE OILS FROM FLORIDA HAMLIN AND VALENCIA ORANGES

Food Science

Ramesh Paudyal

MOTIVATIONAL FOREST MANAGEMENT AND CLIMATIC FACTORS AFFECTING OUTDOOR RECREATION PARTICIPATION AND EXPERIENCE IN FLORIDA

Forest Resources and Conservation

Chris Wilson

ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT OF SOIL CARBON ON RANCHLANDS OF FLORIDA USA

Interdisciplinary Ecology

Min Hyun Kim

REGULATION AND FUNCTION OF ZINC AND ZINC TRANSPORTERS DURING ER STRESS

Nutritional Sciences

Natasha J. Sng CHARACTERIZING A NOVEL REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES GENE IDENTIFIED FROM SPACEFLIGHT EXPERIMENTS

Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology

Elise Morrison  MICROBIAL COMMUNITY DYNAMICS ALONG PEATLAND NUTRIENT GRADIENTS 

Soil and Water Sciences


Graduate Research Awards of Excellence – Best Theses, 1987-2017

Graduate Research Awards of Excellence – Best Dissertations, 1986-2017

Note: Electronic copies of theses and dissertations, if available, can be obtained at: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/etd.html