Professor of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
"Russ was there to encourage me every step of the way. He gave me just the right balance of guidance, direction, and autonomy," recalls former master's degree student Lucie Plourde, now a research scientist specializing in remote sensing at the UNH Institute for the Study or Earth, Oceans, and Space. Plourde adds, "His door was always open and he even made his home phone number available to me and his other advisees just to be sure we could always reach him."
Although the Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award is new to the Excellence program, Congalton has been actively mentoring graduate students for all of his 15 years at UNH, nearly 10 of which as the department's master's degree coordinator. He currently has 12 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students—"about eight too many," he jokes—which is a normal load for Congalton.