More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2018-19 academic year.
Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.
The graduates were recognized at spring Commencement June 15. The 11 Outstanding Graduates from the College of Science and Engineering are:
WWU Professor of Biology Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez’s research on harbor seals could yield important new information about the potential impacts the seals may have on the Salish Sea salmon crisis.
In addition to the things Gutierrez does as a professor for Western, he also has a long list of accomplishments in his life, including a key to the city of Tampa, Florida, an Oscar nomination for the IMAX movie “Dolphins,” and the Museum of Science and Industry's National Hispanic Scientist of the Year award.
Like cherry blossoms opening up on campus or Frisbees flying across the Old Main lawn, certain activities indicate that spring has sprung at Western, and one of those annual rites is celebrating the successes of Western students and the scholarships and fellowships they have been awarded, from NOAA Hollings fellows to Fulbright winners.