The Department of Biological Sciences is proud to present its annual awards and prizes this year to seven graduate students in recognition of their stellar academic achievements and service to their community. The faculty have chosen:
John S. Newberry Prize: Lu Xu and Noopur Khobrekar
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: Kehan Bao and Lisa Kahl
Awarded to a graduate student doing outstanding work in biology.
James Howard McGregor Award: Anne van Vlimmeren
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: Darik O’Neil
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: Carla Hoge
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 left to right, top: Lu Xu, Noopur Khobrekar, Kehan Bao, Lisa Kahl
Pictured left to right, bottom: Anne van Vlimmeren, Darik O'Neil, Carla Hoge