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Awards and Honors

2014-2015
 

Student and Post Doc Awards:

  • Kristen Brochu was awarded a research travel grant from the Graduate School for an invited presentation.  Congratulations.
  • Marissa Cardillo received this year's Outstanding Teaching Assistant for CALS 2014-2015 TA work in Undergraduate Biology-BIOG 1445.  
  • Mary Centrella received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award; This is a highly competitive award and she has been selected in this round for a full three-year graduate research fellowship award. 
  • Heather Connelly won first place (for the 2nd year in a row!) for her talk in the Plant-Insect Interactions student competition at this year's ESA as well as a NIFA student travel award.
  • Kyle DeMarr received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Teaching Award for enthusiastically helping a lot of students in Insect Biology key out and learn the natural history of insects in their nets.
  • Joanna Fisher was awarded the Palmer Finishing Fellowship for this year.
  • Ashley Leach, first year MS student working in Dr. Brian Nault’s research group, was awarded the 2015 Michael Villani Award.  She will be using the stipend to "examine the effects of three factors; nitrogen rate, insecticide regime, and cultivar selection, to optimize onion thrips management in onion."
  • Patricia Pinheiro received a NIFA travel award to attend ESA this year.
  • Erik Smith, current graduate student with Brian Nault, has just been awarded the Paul Chapman Graduate Student Fellowship.  The Chapman Fellowship is given each year to a graduate student in Entomology, with preference given to students sponsored by a Geneva faculty member.  The Chapman Fellow is selected by a committee composed of the full professors of Entomology located at the Geneva campus.  The award is based on the three broad criteria used for nominations for the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award in the ESA:  1) scientific quality of research work, 2) publications and presentations, and 3) involvement in professional activities.  Candidates will be judged on their achievements while conducting graduate study.”
  • Leticia Smith received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for her contributions to Plagues & People and Alien Empire where she was a creative and thoughtful TA.  
  • Ryan St. Laurent was awarded a Cornell Presidential Research Scholarship. The Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholars program selects highly motivated students and provides them with the opportunity to conduct financially supported, faculty mentored research throughout their undergraduate years. Congratulations.
  • Anyi Mazo Vargas received a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award; This is a highly competitive award and she has been selected in this round for a full three-year graduate research fellowship award. 
  • Michael Wolfin won second place for his talk in the Plant-Insect Interactions student competition at this year's ESA meeting.  He has also been awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Grant in support of his research.

Faculty Awards

  • Angela Douglas was awarded the CALS Research and Extension award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research for her important contributions to our understanding of molecular symbiosis and her pioneering use of molecular and genomic tools in this area of research.
  • Bryan Danforth has been awarded ESA's Thomas Say Award.  This ESA award acknowledges significant and outstanding work in the fields of insect systematics, morphology, or evolution.  
  • Cole Gilbert has been promoted to full professor. Please be sure to congratulate Cole on this recognition of his outstanding accomplishments!
  • Ann Hajek was awarded The Eastern Branch L.O. Howard Distinguished Achievement Award.  This award is given to recognize scientists in the Eastern Branch who have made significant contributions in the field of entomology. 
  • Linda Rayor was awarded the Animal Behavior Society’s Penny Bernstein Distinguished Teaching Award.  With this honor she will also have the opportunity to organize a symposium on improving education at the next meeting.
  • Jeff Scott received a Class Council Award  for “outstanding contributions to the entire Cornell community” at a ceremony at the A. D White House on April 13.
  • Jennifer Thaler has been promoted to full professor. Please be sure to congratulate Jennifer on this recognition of her outstanding accomplishments!

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