Dr. Georgianne Moore awarded the Betty M. Unterberger Award
May 14, 2019
Dr. Georgianne Moore, Associate Department Head for Graduate Programs, received the 2019 Betty M. Unterberger Award for Outstanding Service Honors Education at the LAUNCH Recognition Ceremony on May 8. The award was created on behalf of Dr. Unterberger in recognition of her many years of service and significant contribution to the growth and development of honors education at Texas A&M.
The NSF-REU program, run by Dr. Moore and Dr. Kelly Brumbelow, recruits students from two-year community colleges and is designed to provide crosscutting understanding of the interactions among biophysical processes, water management, and human impacts in a regional-to-global context. Half of the program is spent in College Station and the other half in Costa Rica at the Soltis Center for Research and Education. The program has been praised for increasing access, inclusivity, and diversity, as well as working to improve recruitment strategies in underrepresented groups.
LAUNCH provides high-impact educational experiences and challenges motivated students in all academic disciplines to graduate from an enriched, demanding curriculum. The program brings together outstanding students and faculty to build a community of knowledge-producers, life-long learners, nationally-recognized scholars, and world citizens. Through LAUNCH, motivated students have access to Honors courses, co-curricular enrichment activities, and research programs that can be customized to enhance each student's personal, professional, and intellectual development.