2022-2023 University Scholars

The University Scholars program recognizes distinguished UVM faculty members for sustained excellence in research, creative and scholarly activities. The Scholars are selected by a faculty panel based upon nominations submitted by UVM colleagues. We are currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 University Scholars. Please note that the deadline for submission is Friday, January 28, 2022. See the nomination guidelines area below for more details and a link to the application form.

Nomination Guidelines

Any full-time UVM faculty member may nominate or re-nominate any full-time member of the faculty for a University Scholar Award. Please note that this award is not limited to members of the Graduate Faculty. Nominees are expected to be at the highest rank in their faculty track and to have sustained excellence at that rank.

University Scholar Awards will be available in two categories: Social Sciences, Humanities and Creative Arts, and Basic and Applied Sciences (including Biological, Medical and Physical Sciences). Each of the awards will carry a grant of $2,500 to be used at the discretion of the recipient to promote their scholarly activities.

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of University Scholars, which will then forward its recommendations to the Graduate College for final action.

The University Scholars are announced in early April.

Each nomination must include:

-A completed University Scholar nomination formPDF icon
-One letter of nomination from a UVM faculty member
-One letter seconding the nomination from a UVM faculty member
-A current Curriculum Vitae of the nominee

Please address the following items in the letter of nomination and the letter seconding the nomination.

-Contributions promoting research, creative activities and scholarship in the discipline of the nominee, highlighting particularly unique and highly acclaimed contributions.
-Contributions to promoting research, creative activities and scholarship in the UVM community.
-Contributions to teaching or mentoring graduate and undergraduate students in research, creative activities and scholarship.
-Other comments deemed pertinent.

Please do not include more than two letters. The nomination materials must be received by the Graduate College Office by no later than January 28, 2022.  If you have any further questions about this program, please contact Dean Cynthia Forehand. All nomination materials should submitted electronically to Dan Harvey at  Dan.Harvey@uvm.edu.


2021-2022 University Scholars

Basic and Applied Sciences

Beth D. Kirkpatrick, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Dr. Kirkpatrick is Professor and Chair in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Vermont (UVM) Larner College of Medicine. She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and is an attending physician at the UVM Medical Center. She received her M.D. at Albany Medical College and performed an Internal Medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Rochester. She completed subspecialty and research training in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins and received additional training in clinical tropical medicine in Lima, Peru. She is currently a fellow of the American College of Physicians, The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Kirkpatrick began her career with research interests in enteric infections, mucosal immunology, and vaccines. In 2001, she began the UVM Vaccine Testing Center, which is now a multi-disciplinary team researching candidate vaccines and vaccine immunology. With the goal of understanding and preventing infectious diseases around the globe (especially in low-income countries), this committed and growing team of investigators performs both investigator-initiated and industry-supported phase I-III human vaccine clinical trials and controlled human infection models. In the laboratory, the VTC interrogates human immunology to understand vaccine responsiveness, correlates of protection, and vaccine failure. Currently the team focuses on flaviviruses (e.g. Dengue, Zika) and enteric infections (e.g. rotavirus, campylobacter, polio), and now, SARS-CoV2. Dr. Kirkpatrick is also the Principal Investigator of one of the National Institutes of Health-funded Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grants at UVM; the Translational Global Infectious Diseases Research (TGIR) Center, which is focused on the development of the next generation of faculty investigators from both the biomedical and quantitative/modeling fields.

Donna M. Rizzo, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Rizzo is a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and in 2013 was appointed as the Dorothean Chair in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. Her research focuses on the development and application of new machine-learning tools to improve the understanding of human-induced changes on natural systems and the way we experimentally design, monitor, and make decisions about these systems. She has over 25 years of experience with artificial intelligence, geostatistics, and optimization technologies and 30 years of experience in water resources and the visualization of really large data sets. Since the completion of her doctoral degree at the University of Vermont, her post-Ph.D. path has not been traditional for a tenure-track faculty. In 1994, she co-founded a small Vermont business to help speed the diffusion of research and new technologies into environmental practice. She has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the 1998 and 2011 Vermont floods. Dr. Rizzo sets an exemplary standard for successfully working across disciplines. Since arriving at UVM in 2002, she and her students have worked collaboratively with colleagues across five different UVM colleges, using a variety of machine-learning tools to tackle multi-scale environmental problems, including: the evaluation of human impacts to surface waters and groundwater; lake cyanobacteria bloom research; disease risk transmission; and most recently, serious illness conversations to help understand and incentivize high-quality communication. She loves working with students on applied research; research grants to date include the recruitment and retention of culturally diverse students. Dr. Rizzo has supported scholarships and research opportunities for more than 200+ UVM undergraduates over the past 15 years and is an active and sought-after teacher, advisor, and mentor. To date, she has advised over 47 graduate students and postdocs and received the George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award in 2014.

Watch Dr. Rizzo's talk in the University Scholar Lecture Series>>

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Creative Arts

Kimberly J. Vannest, Ph.D.

Professor and Chairperson, Department of Education

Dr. Vannest is Professor and Chair in the Department of Education, College of Education and Social Services. Her areas of scholarship include academic and behavioral interventions in school settings for children and youth with emotional and behavioral health issues and the measurement of treatment effects through single-case experimental design and meta-analysis. Dr. Vannest has authored and co-authored 12 books and encyclopedias, 9 book chapters and nearly 100 manuscripts. She has created a number of free online resources, which have had a profound and ever-growing impact on special education and beyond, including an effect size calculator, behavioral/academic progress monitoring systems, and pioneering new single case analysis techniques such as the Improvement Rate Difference, Non-Overlap of Pairs, and TauU. Dr. Vannest has been contiguously funded for 2 decades and is currently a Co-Principal Investigator on an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grant and has successfully collaborated or led more than 20 grants through the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Education, and National Science Foundation. Currently, Dr. Vannest serves as the President for The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders, works as a reviewer for federal funding agencies and is an editorial board member for leading journals in Education, Special Education, Counseling, School Psychology, Assessment, and Methodology. She is a frequent guest lecturer at tier one research universities around the country and a requested keynote at national and international conferences. Her former doctoral students are professors and leaders around the country in higher education. Current book projects include a comprehensive guide for social, emotional, and behavioral learning in schools.

Watch Dr. Vannest's Talk in the University Scholar Lecture Series>>

Prior University Scholars

Prior University Scholars


  • Joseph Acquisto, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Gregory L. Holmes, Larner College of Medicine
  • Gary S. Stein, Larner College of Medicine
  • Asim Zia, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


  • Mary Cushman, Larner College of Medicine
  • Peter Sheridan Dodds, College of Engineering and Mathematical Science
  • Adrian Ivakhiv, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources
  • Valerie Rohy, College of Arts and Sciences


  • Sean Field, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Yvonne Janssen-Heininger, Larner College of Medicine
  • Junru Wu, College of Arts and Sciences


  • Jane Kolodinsky, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Kelly J. Rohan, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jianke Yang, College of Engineering and Mathematical Science


  • Robert V. Bartlett, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Robert Pepperman Taylor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ira M. Bernstein, Larner College of Medicine
  • Jason H. T. Bates, College of Engineering and Mathematical Science


  • Tina Escaja, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ray Vega, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Philip Ades, Larner College of Medicine
  • Marilyn Cipolla, Larner College of Medicine


  • Dennis P. Clougherty, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Sylvie Doublie, Larner College of Medicine
  • Lokangaka Losambe, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Thomas Streeter, College of Arts and Sciences


  • Michael Giangreco, College of Education and Social Services
  • Betsy Hoza, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Christopher Landry, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Curtis Ventriss, Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources


  • M. Cristina Mazzoni, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mercedes Rincon, Larner College of Medicine
  • Stephanie Seguino, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Margaret A. Vizzard, Larner College of Medicine

2011 - 2012

  • Richard M. Foote, College of Engineering & Mathematics
  • Berta M. Geller, Larner College of Medicine
  • Jean R. Harvey-Berino, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • Gary E. Ward, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

2010 - 2011

  • Rex Forehand, College of Arts & Sciences
  • James Hudziak, Larner College of Medicine
  • Anthony S. Magistrale, College of Arts and Sciences
  • George Osol, Larner College of Medicine

2009 - 2010

  • Ralph C. Budd, Larner College of Medicine
  • John P. Burke, College of Arts and Sciences
  • William E. Mann, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Russell P. Tracy, Larner College of Medicine

2008 - 2009

  • Jeffrey Dinitz - Mathematics and Statistics
  • Marjorie Lipson - Elementary Education
  • Benjamin Littenberg - Medicine, Nursing
  • Robert H. Rodgers - Classical Languages and Literature

2007 - 2008

  • Robert J. Gordon - Anthropology
  • Charles G. Irvin - Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
  • Martin M. LeWinter - Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biphysics
  • Stephanie H. McConaughy - Psychiatry and Psychology

2006 - 2007

  • Susan Crockenberg – Psychology
  • John Helzer – Psychiatry
  • Gary Mawe – Anatomy and Neurobiology
  • Ian Stokes – Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

2005 - 2006

  • John MacKenzie Burke – Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
  • Nicholas J. Gotelli – Biology, Marsh Life Sciences
  • Carol T. Miller – Psychology, Dewey Hall
  • Robyn R. Warhol – English, Old Mill

2004 - 2005

  • Richard J. Albertini – Pathology, Medicine and MMG
  • Dwight E. Matthews – Medicine and Chemistry
  • Beth Mintz, Sociology, Benedict Bldg So. Prospect St.
  • David Scrase – German, Waterman Bldg.

2003 - 2004

  • Paula B. Tracy – Biochemistry, Health Science Complex
  • Robert J. Nash – Integrated Professional Studies
  • Dan S. Archdeacon – Mathematics & Statistics, Colchester Ave.
  • Patricia A. Prelock - Communication Sciences, 406 Pomeroy Hall

2002 - 2003

  • Charles J. Goodnight – Biology, Marsh Life Science
  • Rachel K. Johnson – Nutrition & Food Science, Terrill Hall
  • Joni K. Seager - Geography
  • Denise J. Youngblood – History, Wheeler House

2001 - 2002

  • Catherine W. Donnelly – Nut. & Food Sci., 200 Carrigan-
  • Donald H. DeHayes – SNR, 334 Aiken Center

2000 - 2001

  • Warren K. Bickel – Psychiatry & Psychology
  • Roger L. Cooke – Mathematics & Stats
  • Stephen J. Cutler – Sociology
  • Ronald Savitt – School of Business

1999 - 2000

  • Lynne A. Bond – Psychology
  • Edith D. Hendley – MPBP
  • Patrick Hutton – History
  • David M. Warshaw – MPBP

1998 - 1999

  • Daniel W. Gade - Geography
  • Martin H. Krag – Orthopedic Rehab
  • William D. Lakin – Math & Stats.
  • Robert E. Manning – SNR

1997 - 1998

  • Charles J. Colbourn - Mathematics
  • Susan S. Wallace – MMG
  • Stephen T. Higgins – Psychiatry
  • Frank Manchel - English

1996 - 1997

  • Mark T. Nelson - Pharmacology
  • Kurt E. Oughstun – Elec. & Computer Eng
  • Howard Ball – Political Sci
  • Susan Brody Hasazi – Education

1995 - 1996

  • Kenneth I. Gross – Mathematics & Stats.
  • Joseph J. Schall – Biology
  • Mark E. Bouton – Psychology
  • Alan P. Wertheimer – Political Sci

1994 - 1995

  • John R. Hughes – Psychiatry
  • Robert C. Woodworth - Biochemistry
  • Bruce E. Compas - Psychology
  • Joan M. Smith - Sociology

1993 - 1994

  • Bruce S. Kapp – Psychology
  • George F. Pinder – Civil & Envi. Engrg.
  • Luther H. Martin – Religion
  • Mark A. Stoler – History

1992 - 1993

  • Kenneth I. Golden – Mathematics & Stats.
  • Robert J. Johnson – Orthopedic Rehab
  • Abbas Alnasrawi – Economics
  • Esther D. Rothblum – Psychology

1991 - 1992

  • Richard L. Anderson – Electrical Engineering
  • Judith L. Van Houten – Biology
  • Thomas M. Achenbach – Psychiatry
  • Chad D. Hansen - Philosophy

1990 - 1991

  • A. Paul Krapcho - Chemistry
  • Rodney L. Parsons – Anatomy & Neurobiology
  • Heinz L. Ansbacher- Psychology
  • William A. Haviland - Anthropology

1989 - 1990

  • Paula M. Fives-Taylor – MMG
  • Jerold F. Lucey – Pediatrics, MFU
  • Raymond T. Coward –Human Dev. & Family Studies
  • Samuel B. Hand - History

1988 - 1989

  • Kenneth G. Mann – Biochemistry
  • Malcolm H. Pope – Ortho & Rehab & Mechanical Engrg.
  • R. Paul Hilberg – Political Science
  • George A. Sher - Philosophy

1987 - 1988

  • Lyndon B. Carew – Animal Science
  • John J. McCormack – Pharmacology
  • C. Hackett Bushweller - Chemistry
  • R. Harry Orth - English

1986 - 1987

  • Richard Klein - Botany
  • Robert B. Low – Mole. Physiology & Biophysics
  • Martin E. Kuehne – Chemistry
  • George W. Albee - Psychology

1985 - 1986

  • Bernd Heinrich – Biology
  • Julian J. Jaffe - Pharmacology
  • Ted B. Flanagan – Chemistry
  • John Weiger – Romance Languages

1984 - 1985

  • James G. Welch – Animal Sciences
  • Norman Alpert – Physiology & Biophysics
  • Wesley L. Nyborg - Physics
  • Leonidas M. Jones - English

1983 - 1984

  • Richmond J. Bartlett – Plant & Soil Science
  • James E.Clapp, III - OBGYN
  • William E. Geiger, Jr. – Chemistry
  • Philip Kitcher - Philosophy

1982 - 1983

  • George M. Happ - Zoology
  • Thomas J. Moehring – MMG
  • Christopher W. Allen – Chemistry
  • Harold Leitenberg– Psychology

1981 - 1982

  • Robert C. Ullrich - Botany
  • Brooke T. Mossman – Pathology
  • David B. Brown - Chemistry
  • Robert V. Daniels - History

1980 - 1981

  • Alexander H. Duthie – Animal Sciences
  • Stanley Rush – Electrical Engineering
  • Wolfgang Mieder – German & Russian