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05-22-2009


Ursrey recognized for outstanding achievement

 


Dr. Jim Taylor, president, University of the Cumberlands, presents the 2009 Berger Award to Dustin Ursrey

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.--Dustin Ryan Ursrey, son of Randy and Deborah Ursrey of Beechmont, earned several honors at University of the Cumberlands during Honors Day and Commencement.

Ursrey received the Esther A. Compton Mathematics Award and the Physics Award, and he was recognized as a Student of High Honor during the 50th annual Honors Day Convocation, on April 27.

The Esther A. Compton Mathematics Award is based on academic achievement within the major followed by overall academic achievement. The award includes a two-volume set of the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mathematics.

The Physics Award is based on GPA within the major, followed by overall academic GPA. The award includes the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms.

During Commencement, on May 9, Ursrey, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in mathematics and physics, received the H. N. and Frances Berger Berger Award as the outstanding male graduate. He also was named a Presidential Scholar for significant research; and he graduated magna cum laude, which requires a GPA of 3.85-3.94.

Each year during Commencement exercises, University of the Cumberlands honors the most outstanding female and male members of the graduating class with the H. N. and Frances Berger Award. This award is presented to those students who have exhibited sound academic achievement combined with superior leadership and service to the college community and the larger community as a whole.

Honors Research is conducted for a two-semester period within the last two years of college. Academically exceptional students are offered an opportunity for intensive work in their fields through advanced independent study or creative activity. Ursrey’s advisor is Dr. James Manning, and his paper is entitled, “Molecular Analogs for Studying the Time-Dependence of Atomic Ionization.”

On campus, Dustin has been involved with a variety of activities, which include playing junior varsity soccer; tutoring in the academic resource center for both math and physics; and serving as a physics lab assistant. He is the immediate past-vice president of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the Mathematics Honors Society; a member of Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society; and Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society. Off campus, Dustin has attended academic conferences designed for researchers in both math and physics. He also has been nationally selected to present some of his work and research at an upcoming summer conference. Dustin’s future plans include graduate studies at Kansas State University.

Ursrey's nomination letter for the Berger Award included the following statement, “His credentials equal or exceed other students who have successfully completed graduate programs. His questions are thought provoking. He often works through problems that are not assigned. Finally, Dustin has a creative spark that is vital.”