Julianna Brush and Molly Pickel receive UMCES’ Staff Award

May 27, 2021

The UMCES Staff Award is presented annually to an individual staff member who consistently demonstrates a high level of commitment and dedication to UMCES, has a positive impact on their work environment, is flexible and demonstrates cooperation and collaboration among their peers and with supervisor while carrying out their job duties. Julianna and Molly exemplified these traits throughout their time at UMCES.

Learn about the awardees:

Julianna Brush received the UMCES’ Staff Award for her exceptional job performance as the Contract and Grant Specialist. Her can-do attitude, helpfulness, and dependableness under pressure coupled with her deep knowledge of funding agency requirements has significantly improved the efficiency, accuracy, and accountability of proposals submitted by UMCES. Her flexibility, cooperation, and collaboration with her peers at Horn Point Laboratory and other UMCES laboratories is exemplary. Her exceptional performance and ability to tackle new problems was seen recently in the process of submitting proposals to National Institute of Health relating to COVID-19. Julianna’s positive and helpful attitude makes her an important member of the UMCES community and reaches beyond the business office to interact and support others.


Molly Pickel received the UMCES Staff Award for outstanding performance in her role as Assistant to the Executive Director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology. She has helped plan and execute events such as IMET’s Open House and a visit by EU Ambassadors. She also shows her passion for IMET and UMCES’ missions through her work on committees and currently serves as co-chair of IMET’s Sustainability Committee, where she helps implement environmentally friendly practices and educational programs.