Annual Student Prizes for 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019 - 15:45
Prize-winning students

The Department of Biological Sciences is proud to present its annual awards and prizes to eight graduate students in recognition of their stellar academic achievements and service to their community. Congratulations!

John S. Newberry Prize: Hakhamanesh Mostafavi (not pictured)
Awarded to the graduate student in the Department who, in the opinion of the faculty, is the “most promising student of the year in the field of vertebrate zoology.”
 
Peter Sajovic Memorial Prize: Emily Bayer
Awarded to a graduate student doing outstanding work in biology.
 
James Howard McGregor Award: Carla Hoge, Hannah Dayton, and Marina Smiley
Awarded to the graduate student in the Department who, in the opinion of the faculty, “shows unusual promise as a teacher of zoology.”
 
Charles A. Huebschman Prize: Rahim Hashim (not pictured)
Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who, in the opinion of the faculty, is deserving of or who would profit by a summer’s work at some laboratory preferably the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
 
Chinweike Okegbe Memorial Award: Gillie Ben-Chorin and Justin Benavidez
Awarded to a senior graduate student who, in the opinion of administrators and faculty, has had a lasting impact due to his/her service to the Department and University while demonstrating academic excellence. In honor of Chinweike Okegbe, this award is meant to reflect his vision of a student being recognized for leaving the Department and the University, as a whole, more improved than when he/she first entered the program. As the co-founder of the Biological Sciences Career Initiative (BSCI), in addition to his many other contributions, Chinweike Okegbe demonstrated this ideal and this award captures the determined spirit that he had to help others.
 
Pictured above (left to right): Justin Benavidez, Carla Hoge, Emily Bayer, Marina Smiley, Hannah Dayton, and Gillie Ben-Chorin
 

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