Outstanding Alumni Awards

The CALS Alumni Association and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences honor alumni who have achieved recognized success in their businesses, professions, or other avocational endeavors; have been actively involved in, worked for, and demonstrated leadership on behalf of the College and Cornell University; and have made significant contributions to the betterment of society through humanitarian and charitable endeavors.

Outstanding faculty and staff are also recognized for significant contributions in teaching, research, extension, or administration.

More information about the Outstanding Alumni Awards can be obtained from (607) 255-8711Skype phone number icon or A list of past recipients is also available.

Nominations for these awards can be made through the nomination site.

2016 Outstanding Alumni Awards

Gary DukartGary Dukart ’76

Fresh out of medical school, Gary Dukart pivoted away from patient care by taking a job in the pharmaceutical industry. More than three decades later, after playing a major role in bringing  four drugs successfully to market and helping steward others through clinical testing, he muses he likely has had a greater impact on patients than he would have had as a practicing physician.

Michael TroyMichael Troy ’81

Michael Troy’s philosophy as an alumnus can be summed up in two words: Say yes. He’s said yes to volunteering, yes to returning to campus as a lecturer, and yes to serving as an alumni-elected trustee.

An agricultural economics major and Cornell baseball recruit, Troy went on to earn an MBA from the University of Chicago and have a 27-year career with Goldman Sachs.

M. Elizabeth Westring PikeElizabeth Westring, Ph.D. ’82

On her visits to campus, Elizabeth Westring gives students advice drawn from more than three decades of experience working for General Mills. Try lots of things, even if you’re not convinced it’s something you’re interested in. If you don’t take the safe route, you may surprise yourself.

2016 Young Alumni Achievement Awardees

Risa ShapiroRisa Shapiro ’99, Ph.D. ’05

For Risa Shapiro, being an alumna is a two-way street; staying connected is not only a way of giving back, it is continued education. Shapiro, who earned a B.S. degree in biological sciences in Ithaca and doctorate from Cornell’s Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences in New York City, has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than a decade.

2016 Outstanding Faculty Award

Alan CollmerAlan Collmer, Ph.D. ’81

Alan Collmer, the Andrew J. and Grace B. Nichols Professor of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, is a scholar and leader, described by his peers as no less than legendary but humble, conscientious and thoughtful as well.

Over the course of his career, he has used the tools of molecular genetics and genomics to answer the question of how bacteria infect plants and cause disease.

2016 Rising Star Faculty Award

Natalie BazarovaNatalie Bazarova, M.S. ’05, Ph.D. ’09

For Natalie Bazarova, the rise of social media presents compelling questions about the way people live, love and share online—and its impact on our health and wellbeing. Her work with groups including teenagers vulnerable to cyberbullying, older adults at risk of social isolation, and distressed students links behavior, impacts and interventions in this latest iteration of the human conversation.