Honors Day Plaque

Each year NFS faculty choose outstanding students in the department to be recipients of the department's awards. Students receive their awards at a luncheon held each year in April.  Here are some of our past award recipients.

Agnes T. Powell Award:

This award is given in honor of Professor Agnes T. Powell, Professor Emeriti in Nutritional Sciences.  It is presented annually to the graduating senior(s) majoring in Dietetics who have demonstrated qualities indicating outstanding professional promise and potential.

  • 2020 Recipient: Stevi Greenan
  • 2019 Recipient: Chris Irish
  • 2018 Recipients: Celine Marcotte and Priyanka Santhanakrishnan
  • 2017 Recipient: Madeleine French
  • 2016 Recipients: Cara D'Anello and Katherine Nash
  • 2015 Recipients: Anne Hitchinson and Lisa Novinsky
  • 2014 Recipients: Eliza Hamburger and Sierra Parker
  • 2013 Recipients: Adam Paranoto and Heather Twible
  • 2012 Recipient: Jillian Nyman
  • 2011 Recipient: Erin Shippee
  • 2010 Recipients: Lindsay Lawes and Eryn Rishell
  • 2009 Recipient: Jessie Curran
  • 2008 Recipients: Jennifer Balentine and Jenna Damareck

Bertha Terrill Award:

This award was created as a tribute to Miss Bertha M. Terrill and her 31 years of service at UVM.  Bertha Terrill is remembered as the founding Chair of the Dept of Home Economics, the first Dean of Women and the first woman Full Professor at UVM.  The purpose of this award is to acknowledge students who show special academic promise and achievement with the following guidelines:

  1. The recipient shall be a resident of the State of Vermont
  2. The recipient shall have a Junior , or preferably, a Senior Class standing
  3. The recipient shall be studying some aspect of home economics
  4. The recipient shall have an academic average of 3.0 or above for the preceding academic year
  5. The recipient shall be helping to pay educational expenses through self earnings
  6. The recipient shall be participating in two or more campus activities

In addition to the above criteria, the following preference shall be met whenever possible in selecting recipients for this award:

  1. Preference shall be given to female students


  • 2020 Recipient: Britt Richardson
  • 2019 Recipient: Reem Bou-Nacklie
  • 2018 Recipients: Ashley Archangelo and Justin Beauchemin
  • 2017 Recipient: Margaret Turvey
  • 2016 Recipeint: Michael Murphy
  • 2015 Recipeint: Kylie DeGroot
  • 2014 Recipients: Andrea Francis and Morgan Devoid
  • 2013 Recipients: Harley Eriksen
  • 2012 Recipient: Kayla Gatos
  • 2011 Recipient: Danie Leahy
  • 2010 Recipient: Nicole Rohrig
  • 2009 Recipient: Morgan Rivers
  • 2008 Recipient: Landon Schettini

Blair Williams Award:

This award is given in honor of Professor Emeriti Blair Williams, former Chairperson of Home Economics and the Human Nutrition and Foods Program.  Professor Williams was noted for her high professional standards, her broad range of interest in the area of human nutrition and foods and her deep concern for people.  The award is presented annually to the graduating senior who best exemplifies these qualities.

  • 2020 Recipient: Isabella Alessandrini
  • 2019 Recipient: Elena Sayers
  • 2018 Recipient: Ivonne Headley
  • 2017 Recipient: Ethan Smith
  • 2016 Recipeint: Mattie Alpaugh
  • 2015 Recipients: Chelsea Howland and Stephen Pierson
  • 2014 Recipients: Carsan Dittman and Olivia Gross
  • 2013 Recipient: Maria Carabello
  • 2012 Recipient: Meagan Divito
  • 2011 Recipient: Kimberly Davy
  • 2010 Recipients: Steele Taylor and Heather Torrey
  • 2009 Recipient: Brie Keefe
  • 2008 Recipients: Carrien McLane and Emily Piazza

Nutrition and Food Sciences Faculty Award:

This award is presented annually by the Department Faculty, to the graduating senior with the highest scholastic grade point average in recognition of their continuous academic excellence and outstanding professional potential.

  • 2020 Recipients: Delaney Acciaioli and Kenzie Provencher
  • 2019 Recipient: Jesse Brinkman
  • 2018 Recipient: Julie Davis
  • 2017 Recipient: Frazer Carpenter
  • 2016 Recipients: Mattie Alpaugh, Anna Ghelli, Jill McKenney and Ali Watson
  • 2015 Recipient: Megan Morris
  • 2014 Recipient: Emilie Riddle
  • 2013 Recipients: Leah Conchieri and Danie Leahy
  • 2012 Recipient: Todd Stanley
  • 2011 Recipient: Jennifer Moltz
  • 2010 Recipient: Kaitlyn Carreau
  • 2009 Recipient: Kevin Stanton
  • 2008 Recipient: Starr Budnick

Nutrition and Food Sciences Research award:

This award is presented to the graduating senior(s) who has excelled in undergraduate research while maintaining high academic standards and has demonstrated outstanding potential for a career in either basic or applied research in Nutrition and Food Sciences.

  • 2020 Recipient: Sarah Geller
  • 2019 Recipient: Katherine Bullock
  • 2018 Recipient: Andrea Dest
  • 2017 Recipients: Hannah Feinberg and Elise Mench
  • 2016 Recipient: Dani Hansen
  • 2015 Recipients: Rebecca Cochran and Margaret McKendry
  • 2014 Recipients: Elizabeth Berman, Garabed Hartounian and Megan Morris
  • 2013 Recipients: Danie Leahy and Maria Carabello
  • 2012 Recipients: Clara Pedley and Kalyn Weber
  • 2011 Recipients: Emily Potter and Ben Raymond
  • 2010 Recipients: Erin Cain, Mosa Collins and Liz Schindler
  • 2009 Recipient: Dana Notte
  • 2008 Recipients: Jaime Leclerc and Dana Notte

Outstanding Dietetics Student Award:

This award is presented by the American Dietetics Association.  It’s purpose is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in Association Accredited Dietetics Education programs and encourage their participation in the American Dietetics Association.  Leadership and professional potential are assessed through honors, student dietetic association activities and community service activities.

  • 2020 Recipient: Lindsey McVie
  • 2019 Recipient: Jesse Brinkman
  • 2018 Recipient: Bailey Saneman
  • 2017 Recipient: Jessica Pashko
  • 2016 Recipient: Lindsay Poquette
  • 2015 Recipeint: Margaret McKendry
  • 2014 Recipient: Lauren Cole
  • 2013 Recipient: Meri Louko
  • 2012 Recipient: Lucille Glaize
  • 2011 Recupient: Jamie Sheahan
  • 2010 Recipient: Mary-Cate Langlois
  • 2009 Recipient: Danielle Pothier
  • 2008 Recipient: Emma Kopecky

Reuben and Rose Mattus Schoarship Award:

This award, given in the name of Rueben and Rose Mattus, founders of the Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream Company, is presented to the Nutrition and Food Sciences Major who demonstrates interest and enthusiasm for the study of food sciences, either in new product development or the improvement of existing products.
To encourage and help support undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Vermont enrolled in a degree program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or the Graduate College with a preference given to students conducting research on ice cream or ice cream related products and the development and/or marketing of these products. This award has gone to students whose studies have involved dairy foods research of one sort or another including research on cheese, yogurt and frozen yogurt products.

  • 2020 Recipients: Zoe Filan and Stina Sickmueller
  • 2019 Recipient: Sofia Maranto
  • 2018 Undergraduate Recipients: Alexander Doty and Grace Hoffman
  • 2017 Undergraduate Recipient: Mikaela Sullivan: Graduate Recipient: Pat Polowky
  • 2016 Graduate Recipient: Gil Tansman
  • 2015 Undergraduate Recipient: Alexander racine
  • 2014 Graduate Student Recipient: Jessica Gavell
  • 2013 Graduate Student Recipient: Katie Coale
  • 2012 Graduate Student Recipients: Jacob Lahne and Esmond Nyarko
  • 2011 Graduate Student Recipient: Wenbo Wang
  • 2010 Undergraduate Recipient: Katherine Coale; Graduate Recipient: Daniel Lynch
  • 2009 Recipient: none
  • 2008 Recipient: Thomas Pinello

The Cornelia Wheeler Irish Memorial Scholarship Award:

This scholarship was established in the memory of Mrs. Cornelia Wheeler Irish, UVM class of 1918, who taught in a one room school house and was a devoted wife and mother as well as a dedicated church and community leader.  This award is presented annually in the Fall Semester to a student majoring in Dietetics or Nutrition and Food Sciences whose continuous academic excellence, financial need and demonstrated potential for success in a career in human nutrition has distinguished him or her from their peers.

  • 2020 Recipients: Sofia Maranto, Ian Price and Katie Schlepphorst
  • 2019 Recipients: Emily Mitchell and Meggie Perron
  • 2018 Recipients: Andrea Dest and Laura Jennings
  • 2017 Recipients: Frazer Carpenter, Jamie Dymond, Savannah Nesbit and Jessa Sargent
  • 2016 Recipient: Jamie Dymond
  • 2015 RecipientsL Haley Braunegg and Kayla Fay
  • 2014 Recipients: Louis Bruderer and Patricia Dansereau
  • 2013 Recipients: Adam Paronto and Heather Twible
  • 2012 Recipients: Erika Hesterberg and Sarah McMahon
  • 2011 Recipient: Hannah Joerg
  • 2010 Recipient: Christina Garin
  • 2009 Recipient: Danielle Bois
  • 2008 Recipient: Jamie Leclerc