University of Vermont

Kyle Sala Receives GSS Senator of Year Award

Kyle SalaKyle Sala, graduate student in mechanical engineering and a 2011 Barrett scholar with computational research related to algae growth, has been awarded the 2012 Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Senator of the Year Award.  Kyle serves as a senator for the Mechanical Engineering Program. 

“It is great to be part of the GSS at UVM,” says Kyle.  “I would like to thank everyone I worked with this year.  Receiving this award is a great honor.”

In 2010 the GSS received official recognition from the University, and has since grown quickly.  The mission of the GSS is to: “cultivate both the academic and non-academic activities of the graduate student body and enhance all aspects of graduate school life at the University of Vermont.”

Kyle was chosen for exemplifying the mission of the GSS and for going above and beyond in his duties to improve the quality of life for all graduate students.  Kyle participated in both the UVM President and the new College of Arts and Sciences dean search, and was an active member of the Student Affairs Committee. He also worked to pass a resolution regarding how graduate students receive funding and pay tuition and to revamp the GSS Bylaws. 

“He kept all of us on our toes, remembering details that would have otherwise been forgotten,” said, Kelly Swindlehurst, a member of the GSS Executive Council.  “Kyle is also generally, a stand-out human being and great to work with!”

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