Robert Logan Nugent Award

The Nugent Award was established by the Alumni Association and named in memory of Robert Logan Nugent who was the University of Arizona Executive Vice President when he died in June 1963.
Candidates should have a record of accomplishments that exemplify the high ideals of Dr. Nugent, such as active and enthusiastic participation and service in community and University endeavors.
2016 Outstanding Senior Award Recipients:

Dana Kralicek
Dana Kralicek will graduate Summa Cum Laude from the Honors College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Optical Sciences and Engineering, and a minor in Mathematics.  Dana has received numerous academic accolades including Dean’s List with highest academic distinction, and departmental honors for Optical Science.  Dana was also selected for the Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN) Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the Jack D. Gaskill Endowed Scholarship, and the Clarence P. Wilson Scholarship.

Originally from Mesa, AZ, Dana enthusiastically participated in the UA community through the Arizona Ambassadors Honorary as Vice President and Historian, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Fraternity, and the Student Optics Chapter as social chair.

While at the UA, Dana has worked as a research assistant in a psycholinguistics lab studying the effects of language learning on the executive control of the brain.  Additionally, she has worked in a bio-optics lab in Bio 5, where she researched labeling techniques used to image colon cancer, and most recently as a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded research fellow in the Quantum Nano-optics of Semiconductors group, where she studied the optical properties of novel semiconductor structures.

During her summers, Dana participated in a National Science Foundation, International Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (iREU) through the University of Michigan. There she worked developing biomedical microfluidic systems at the Laboratoire d'Optique et Biosciences, École Polytechnique, France, as well as interning for the Optical Engineering group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Boston, MA.

Dana volunteers for optics outreach, judges local science fairs, and recently started a mentoring program. Dana was chosen as the student representative for the PAC 12’s Conference of Champions documentary, and has been featured as a speaker in various international highlights through the Optical Society.

After finishing her second internship with MIT Lincoln Laboratory this summer, Dana plans on continuing her research and education by pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy, focusing in optics and bio-materials to make portable medical diagnostic equipment.

Fabio Mire
Fabio Mire is graduating Summa Cum Laude this May from Eller College of Management with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He is the recipient of the Fielding-Singh Award and named Eller’s Outstanding Collegiate Scholar of the Year, an Eller’s Top 50 Hispanics Scholar, and a National Hispanic Scholar. He has been recognized on the Dean’s List with Distinction.

Fabio has been involved in many organizations since freshman year.  He has held eight leadership positions over the past three years, including President of the Eller Leadership Board, President of the Financial Management Association, Student Body Treasurer, and Founder/Director of the Wall Street Scholars Program.  In addition, he maintained a job at Modular Mining Systems in the Corporate Finance department. Fabio has also enjoyed mentoring students both at the university, where he’s mentored over 70 students, and through the Be A Leader Foundation.  Be A Leader Foundation is an organization dedicated to providing guidance and mentorship to disadvantaged, inner-city high school seniors in the city of Phoenix.

As an active participant all four years in Eller’s Make a Difference Day, a day focused on giving back to the community by volunteering and supporting many philanthropic causes, Fabio has participated in activities ranging from Ben’s Bells to landscape work for a Tucson elementary school. He has also volunteered to assist in other Eller events including the Cohort Onboarding, and the Eller Millionaire Mile. 

During his sophomore summer, Fabio interned with Edward Jones at their Tempe campus. This past summer, he interned in the Investment Banking Division of Deutsche Bank in New York. These opportunities have helped Fabio secure a position following graduation.

Post graduation, Fabio will be moving to New York to begin his career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in their Investment Banking Division.