Ryan O’Shaughnessy of UNT Biology Receives 2023 UNT Staff Excellence in Research Award | College of Science
March 16, 2023

Ryan O’Shaughnessy of UNT Biology Receives 2023 UNT Staff Excellence in Research Award

As we continue to celebrate staff appreciation month, the College of Science is pleased to congratulate Ryan O'Shaughnessy, Scientific Instrument Technician Supervisor in the biological sciences department, for receiving the 2023 UNT Staff Excellence in Research Award! We couldn't be more proud of him for this well-deserved recognition.

"I am extremely grateful to everyone that nominated, and voted for me, for this award," said Ryan. "I would like to thank everyone in the College of Science, especially Biology and Chemistry- y'all are a great group to work with and I am honored."

Ryan, who studied at UNT himself, makes sure research projects in the biology department are cared for whether rain, shine -- or ice. Because experimental researchers depend on lab equipment and facilities, the equipment and facilities maintenance Ryan provides for experimental research is vital. His vast knowledge and capacity to serve a variety of researchers make him invaluable to the college. When ice storms hit, he checks on researchers' needs and will come to campus to initiate preventative and maintenance processes to protect researchers' work. When equipment failures or electrical outages occur at off hours, Ryan arrives with a smile and an easygoing demeanor. Despite the heavy workload, he serves the research community in a collaborative, thoughtful, caring and intelligent way. He is solution-driven and resourceful, aware of fiscal limitations and employs creative thinking to make sure researchers' needs are met.

"I appreciate the opportunity to keep the operations, equipment and instrumentation working and moving as smoothly as possible here at UNT," said Ryan.

View all of UNT's outstanding award winners at https://www.unt.edu/story/2023-staff-appreciation-award-winners.html