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Bridget Cristelli, graduate field assistant in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science, received the Core Value Staff Award for Unsung Hero at a ceremony Nov. 5 celebrating research, extension and staff excellence at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

The Unsung Hero Award honors exemplary dedication and performance beyond the guidelines of a specific category.

Cristelli extends a warm welcome to students and their families, easing their transition to Cornell. From then on, her office becomes a popular spot for students to seek information and guidance.  

"Bridget consistently goes out of her way to show her dedication to our graduate students in SIPS — demonstrating her investment in their academic and personal success," said  Kathryn J. Boor '80, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of CALS.

Colleagues and students praised Cristelli's level of support and compassion. One example of her dedication involved a graduate student from Zambia who was expecting her first child. When the baby arrived early and the new mother needed support, Cristelli went above and beyond to make sure the student could access benefits and resources. 

"Bridget’s passion to help our students thrive at Cornell is evident in her everyday actions. I’m grateful for her willingness to approach her role with such a kind heart," said Boor. 

► Meet all of our 2018 Research, Extension and Staff Award winners

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