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Department Awards

List of Student Awards

(Note: Some awards have not been presented in every year.)

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Biology Colloquium Award

Presented to the authors of the best undergraduate and graduate papers (oral presentations and posters) delivered at the annual Biology Department Colloquium.

2017: Zach Forsburg, Austin Leone, Quentin DiPasquale, Pedro Gonzales, Christian Chavera 
2016: Sara Robertson, Lichen Xiang
2015: April Bonnard, Katherine Bell, Ella Lopez
2014: Melissa Sutton, Katherine Bell
2013: J. Dylan Hall, Johnny Riggs
2012: Jimmy Gollihar, Lilly Swan, Brown Becker 
2011: Krystle Moore, Thilanka Jayaweera 
2010: Amanda Duran, Kelly Goodsheller 
2009: Michelle Parmley, Shawn McCracken 
2008: Cameron Collier, Jesse Becker 
2007: Pete Diaz, Jacquelyn Scherer  
2006: Celeste Espinedo, Lauren Lucas 
2005: Shawn McCracken, Zach Gombert 
2004: Brooke Belota, Maria Thaker 
2003: Casey S Williams, Amanda L. Kennedy
1998: Jennifer Adams, JoAnne Lund, Angela Gardine 
1997: Shelia C. Kadura

Colene Drace Cell Biology Award

Awarded to recognize exceptional research by a graduate student using the tools and techniques of cell biology. Ms. Drace is a graduate of Texas State University and an enthusiastic supporter of cell biology education at Texas State.

2016: Katherine Bell, Lichen Xiang
2015: Yogendra Bordiya, Priscilla Pham 
2014: Ruben Tovar
2013: Praveen Kumar Kathare
2012: Thilanka Jayaweera
2011: Thilanka Jayaweera 
2010: Mayuri Patel 
2009: Chamindika Siriwardana 
2008: Nirmala Karunarathna 
2007: Katherine Saul 
2006: Elizabeth Crittenden 
2005: Varsha Radhakrishnan 
2004: Prasad V. Phatarpekar 
2003: Gina L. Lobban 
2002: Shannon Weigum 

 

John P. Eben and Dorothy Eben Elledge Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to M.S. or Ph.D. students in the Department of Biology who have demonstrated exceptional research ability. This scholarship was established by the estate of Mr. John P. Eben in honor of the Eben family.

2016: Yogendra Bordiya, Priscilla Pham
2015: Thilanka Jayaweera, Diana Kim
2014: Daniel Wolcott
2011: Preston Bean
2010: Donald Brown
2009: Nirmala Karunarathna
2007: Jake Jackson
2006: Zach Gompert

 

Ward Lee Eggleston Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated both academic and research talent in the Wildlife Biology Program.

2003: Adam W. Ferguson
2002: Adam Ferguson
2000: David Smith
1999: James Russell
1998: Sarah Jenkins
1997: Sarah Jenkins

Sally Karnau Biology Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a junior or senior Biology major. Ms. Karnau earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees through the Department of Biology and was pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography when she became ill and had to withdraw from the program. This scholarship was established in her memory by her parents, William and Eileen Karnau.

2016: Emerson Fillippa
2015: Natalie Duecker
2014: Andrea Martinez
2013: Katheryn Watson
2012: Valy Verby
2011: Dori Thompson
2009: Sara Weaver
2008: Sara Gillum
2007: Julie Bahruth
2006: Magdala Poon
2004: David A. Terrell
2003: Shanan M. Mossman

George H. Meyer Memorial Scholarship in Microbiology

Awarded to an undergraduate major in microbiology based on excellence in both academic performance and independent research. Professor Meyer taught microbiology at Texas State University for many years. This scholarship was established in his memory by his sister Bernice Neumann.

2016: Anna Gates, Sara Robertson, Starla Thornhill
2015: Anna Gates, Curtis McCloud, Starla Thornhill
2014: Jacqueline Hernandez, Mark Holiday, Suvi Samant
2013: Chelsea Smith
2012: Benjamin Tobin
2011: Tesfalem Zere, Nihar Deb Adhikary, Sherille Bradley, Amanda Duran
2010: Matthew Kay, Nihar Deb Adhikary, Alicia Taylor
2009: Babur Mirza, Allana Wels, Shubhankar Nath
2008: Lindsey Wiggins, Andrew Berger
2007: Veronica Huerta 
2006: Brent Treadaway 
2005: Sandra Newland 
2004: Allana Welsh, Toni Sanger, Melanie Leal 
2003: Brooke N. Belota, Christopher L. McGowin 
2002: Christa Bates, Brian Scott 
2001: Whitney Jett 
2000: Laura Meier, Brian Corbin 
1999: Jordan Hall, Sabitha Prabhakaran, Gregory Southard
1998: Jennifer Adams, Duane Limbaugh
1997: Eric A. Weave, Marvin Whiteley, Terrie L. Simmons

Chuck Nash Aquatic Studies Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a junior, senior, or graduate student who is pursuing aquatic or hydrological studies. Mr. Chuck Nash is a San Marcos businessman and community leader. This scholarship was established by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to honor Mr. Nash, a member of the Foundation Board of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. 

2016: Lenee Dedeaux, Mark Hiler, Lauren Ashley Seagroves
2015: Duane Friedman, Jenae Olson
2014: Harlan Nichols
2013: Virginia Eaton, Aaron Swink
2012 :Kenneth Benen
2011: Beverly Saunders, Stephen Curtis, Trey Nobles
2010: Beverly Saunders
2009: Jessica Strickland, Susanna Scott
2008: Joshuah Perkin
2007: Brad Caston, Jesse Becker
2006:Tina Gonzales
2005: David Pendergrass
2004: Bradley M. Littrell
2003: Brian L Holmes
2002: Brian L Holmes
2001: Connie Johnson
2000: Matthew Scoggins
1999: Lori Tolley

William E. (Henry) Norris, Jr. Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate student in recognition of contributions to the biological sciences. Dr. W.E. "Henry" Norris Jr. was a longtime professor and administrator at Texas State University. This scholarship was established by family, friends, and collegues in memory of his life and the positive impact he had on countless students.

2016: Zachary Adcock
2015: Matthew Milholland
2014: Sarah Weber
2013: Melissa Jones
2011: Donald Brown
2010: Shawn McCracken
2009: Michelle Downey
2008: Kristen Epp
2007: Casey Williams
2006: Michael Small, Melissa Jones
2005: Adam Ferguson
2004: Maria Thaker
2003: Scott Egan
2002: Paul Juergens, Carrie Preite, Dolores Weisbaum
2001: Darren Dodson, Kyle Burke
2000: Beth Banks, Richard Reynolds, Cris Hein
1999: Sabitha Prabhakaran, Angela Wheeler
1998: Preston Galusky, Lana Ruiseco, Jennifer Adams
1997: Marvin Whiteley, Stuart Lin Poor, Eric A. Weaver

Outstanding Achievement in Wildlife Management Award

Awarded to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated both academic and research talent in the Wildlife Biology Program.

2004: Megan M. Johnston
2003: Adam W. Ferguson
2001: David Smith
2000: Keith Lake
1999: Jeff Breeden
1998: Scott Pettengill
1997: Sarah Jenkins

Premedical/Predental Society Scholarship

Awarded to one or more students pursuing admission into medical or dental school.

2016: Nicole Sawtelle
2015: Chelsea Nelson, Gloria Vera
2014: Christian Guillen, Chloe Hancock
2011: Andrea Cruz, Kyna Schreiber, Destiny Byrd, Alison Carr
2010: Andrew Hartman, Milam Raemsch
2009: Eric Marple, Courtney Carr, Marissa Dorster
2008: Jarryd Brennan
2007: Karina Gutierrez
2006: Peter Mosnes
2005: Greg Olson, Melissa Ponce
2004:  James Z. Brice
2003:  Shanan M. Mossman
2001:  Michelle Forehand
2000:  Jordan Hall
1999: Justin Dacy, Stefanie Seitz
1998: Jessica St. Louis
1997: Tracy Haas

Fred & Yetta Richan Aquatic Biology Award

Awarded to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students in recognition of exceptional contributions to the Aquatic Biology program. Mr. Richan worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior for 32 years, including time spent at the fish hatchery which is now the site of the Freeman Aquatic Biology building. Mr. Richan established this scholarship in the memory of his wife, Yetta, and to support research on aquatic resources. 

2016: Cody Craig, Andrew MacLaren, Jenae Olson, Shashwat Sirsi
2015: Michael Markowski, Megan Mondelli, Parvathi Nair, Sarah Zappitello
2014: Amelia Everett
2013: Virginia Eaton, Aaron Swink, Lauren Loney
2012: Benjamin Tobin, Stephen Curtis
2011: Jesse Becker, Benjamin Hutchins, Kelly Rodibaugh
2010: Robert Maxwell
2009: Kristy Kollaus
2008: James Gaertner, Preston Bean, Kathleen Eggemeyer, Zachary Shattuck
2007: Alisa Abzeineh, Adrian Vogl, Casey Williams, Tom Heard, Megan Bean
2006: Casey Williams, Preston Bean, Tom Heard, Erin Docharty, Kristy Kollaus
2005: Jacqueline Watson
2004: Michelle Funk, Tracy Leavy, David Pendergrass
2003: Brad Littrell, Valentin Cantu, Casey Williams
2002: Brad Littrel, Joe Martin, Chad Norris, Kristine Dennis
2001: Wendy McCoy, Connie Johnson, Jason Locklin
2000: Brian Creutzburg, Chad Thomas
1999: Chad Thomas, Thorpe Halloran
1998: Chad Thomas
1997: Robert T. Ourso, David A. Bass

A.B. Irene Rogers Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a full-time aquatic biology undergraduate student in recognition of contributions to the program. This award is endowed by the Bering family.

2013: Jared Brown, Harlan Nichols
2012: Corey Coleman
2011: Julia Farmer
2008: Robert Maxwell
2006: Joshua Perkin
2005: Tina Gonzales
2004: Casey Williams
2002: Karen Marks
2001: Marcus Bresko
2000: Anne Sharp
1999: Stephanie McCormick
1998: Bruce Kelley
1997: Debra Miller

Francis Rose Undergraduate Research Award

This award provides research opportunities for undergraduates in the biological sciences during the academic year. The emphasis of this award is to increase the number of undergraduate students doing research. The award was created in 2006 to honor Dr. Francis Rose, chair of the Department of Biology for 11 years.

2016: Erica Osta, Armando Toral
2015: Kandace Simmons
2014: William Grady Terry
2013: Amelia Stinson, Jose Reyes, Harlan Nichols
2012: Silas Ott, McLean Worsham, Kirsten Cunningham, Michael Edwards, Val Yerby
2011: Adam Contreras, Krystle Moore, Dominic DeSantis
2010: Beitiris Devolld, Christopher Jones, Lorena Rangel
2009: Silvya Soto, Sherry Albers, Sean Scaff
2008: Michelle Parmley,Julia Coyle, Mary Dobson
2007: Romey Swanson, Tamira Konkin-Garcia

John T. Baccus Outstanding Achievement Award

Awarded to an undergraduate junior or senior wildlife major, based on academic record and service to The Wildlife Society. This award is sponsored by the student chapter of The Wildlife Society in honor of Dr. John Baccus, a Regents' Professor who established the Wildlife Biology Program at Texas State University.

2016: Anne Beckman
2015: Nathan Venezio
2014: Nicole Alonso

W.K Davis Endowed Scholarship Award

Awarded to a full-time undergraduate Biology major. Dr. Davis taught Biology and sponsored the Biology Club at Texas State University from 1948 to 1979. The student members of the Biology Club during the mid 1970's initiated the scholarship in recognition of the priceless contributions of Dr. Davis. (Note: List is not complete.)

2015: James Prather, Candice Rodriguez, Nathan Venezio
2014: Silas Ott, Candace Rodriguez

Glenn Longley/San Marcos Lions Club Scholarship

Awarded to a graduate and undergraduate student pursuing degrees in Aquatic Resources and Aquatic Biology, respectively. Selection is based on academic record, financial need, and service to the field of aquatic resources. The scholarship was created as an annual gift to the Department of Biology from the San Marcos Lions Club in recognition of Dr. Glenn Longley, a long-standing professor in the Department of Biology and member of the Lions Club, who made many important service contributions over the years.

2016: Zachary Adcock, Parvathi Nair
2015: Myranda Clark, Bianca Hernandez
2014: Michael Markowski

Gwen S. Durrenberger Scholarship for Women in Science

Awarded to women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees within the College of Science and Engineering. This scholarship was established by Weldon Durrenberger in memory of his wife Gwen.

2016: Katherine Bell, Allison Bordini, Michelle Curtis, Amanda Driscoe, Alyssa Fink, Erica Osta, Son Young (Diana) Kim, Sara Weaver
2014: Katherine Bell, Michelle Curtis, Mia Furgurson, Son Young (Diana) Kim, Andrea Martinez, Lauren Minter, Anjana Parandhaman, Suvidha Samant, Amanda Winn, Kristina Zabierek

Dorothy Coker Research Fellowship

Awarded to students in the College of Science and Engineering. This scholarship was established in 1989 in memory of Dorothy Coker, by her husband William.

2016: Katherine Bell, Amara Garza, Alexander Zalmat
2014: Amelia Everett

Howard D. Schulze Biology Scholarship

Awarded to a junior, senior, or graduate student in the Department of Biology. Howard D. Schulze earned both a B.S. and M.S. from Texas State University in the 1950's before serving 27 years in the military. This scholarship was established by Dr. Christopher B. Schulze, a physician at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, in honor of his father. 

2016: Amanda Driscoe, Kayley Smith, Sara Weaver
2015: Laura Bliss, Yogendra Bordiya
2014: Thilanka Jayaweera, Brittney Sanchez, Kristina Zabierek
2013: Katheryn Watson, Lauren Loney, Shobhit Sharma
2012: Jeff Troy, Shengwei Ho
2011: Jeff Troy, Jon Richey, Dori Thompson
2010: Shawn McCracken, Kelly Rodibaugh, Val Yerby
2009: James Gaertner
2008: Babur Mirza, Jesse Becker, Elena Wisely
2007: Laura Alberici, Elena Wisely
2006: Lauren Lucas, Megan Bean
2005: Casey Williams
2004: Zach Gompert, Maria Thaker
2003: Vanessa Pearson, Prasad Phatarpekar
2002: Matt Schneider,Scott Egan
2001: Melony Buckler, Carrie Preite
2000: Richard Reynolds, Teresa Smith, Michael Clay
1999: Sabitha Prabhakaran
1998: Preston Galusky, Jennifer Adamas
1997: Marvin Whiteley, Lana E. Ruiseco

Science Education Award

Awarded by the Science Education faculty in recognition of significant contributions to the program.

2016: Brandon Wilson
2015: Nicole Shepherd, Wayne Waring
2014: Bess Reisberg
2011: Melissa Duran
2010: Margaret Smith
2009: Melissa Ponce
2008: Melissa Ponce
2007: Kiki Corry
2006: Kiki Corry
2005: Brandy Bagnall, Katy Furtwangler
2003: Amanda L. Stephenson
2002: Jimmy Hand
2001: Nancy Nelson
2000: Jimmy Hand
1999: Stephanie Blalderas
1998: Emil Lazzeri
1997: Martin R. Wise

Charles Spurgeon Smith Award

Awarded to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average. Dr. Charles Spurgeon Smith was a longtime professor of Biology at Texas State University. This scholarship was established by the estate of Mr. Spurgeon Smith, the son of Dr. Charles Spurgeon Smith.

2016: Sarah Bothwell, Peter Johns, Jose Venegas
2015: Sarah Durham, Ashley McGhee, Seth Schuenemeyer
2014: Lance Swinney
2013: Austin Williams
2012: Dori Thompson
2011: Roy Hartman
2010: Sara Gillum
2009: Michelle Parmley
2008: Arturo Villarreal
2007: Robert Landry, Celeste Whisenant
2006: Magdala Poon
2005: Asra Khan
2003: Erinn L. Frazee
2002: Allana Welsh
2001: Teresa Smith
2000: Jordan Hall, Amanda Hilburn
1999: Amanda Holdiman
1998: Jeanne Renee Hall
1997: Rhonda R. Walter

Russell & Ruth Strandtmann Field Biology Award

Awarded to support undergraduate field research in the areas of whole-organism taxonomy, systematics, and life history studies. Dr. Russel Strandtmann was a professor of biology at Texas State Technological University for many years and later became a visiting professor at Texas State University. Both he and his wife Ruth are graduates of Texas State University. They established this scholarship in their names to support field research. 

2015: Candice Rodriguez
2014: William Grady Terry
2013: Kate Seildeman-Barclay
2012: Val Yerby
2011: Dori Thompson
2007: Romey Swanson, Bobby Cast
2005: Shawn McCracken, Jennifer Williams
2003: Danielle M. King
2002: Adam Ferguson
2001: Lezlie Jones, Cassie Malcom
2000: James Russel
1998: Scott Pettengill
1997: Myra Carmen Hall

Outstanding Service to Biology Department Award

Special award set by Dr. Gary Upchurch for 2007 

2007: Elena Wisely, Christopher Wisely

Outstanding Undergraduate Award

Awarded to recognize a student majoring in a program within the College of Science and Engineering who possesses outstanding personal and professional characteristics and who exhibits leadership and participation in Departmental, College, or University activities.

2014: Harlan Nichols
2003: Amanda Kennedy

Outstanding Instructional/Graduate Assistant Award

Awarded to recognize a student majoring in a program within the College of Science and Engineering who exhibits outstanding personal and professional characteristics in the areas of scholarship, research, teaching and service.

2016: Kate Seideman-Barclay
2015: Daniel Wolcott
2014: Diana (Son Young) Kim
2013: Monika Henn
2008: Allana Welsh
2006: Zach Gompert
2005: Allana Welsh
2004: Scott Egan
1999: Preston Galusky

Joan Austin Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate student with a major in the College of Science and Engineering in memory of our former Science Professor, Joan Austin.

2006: Megan Bean
2005: Lissette Gomez

Smith-Williams Award

A one year competitive scholarship awarded to a junior-level Biology, Chemistry or Physics student who has demonstrated academic excellence in their field.

2005: Emily Evans

Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation

H-LSAMP is a National Science Foundation funded scholarship program that is structured as a community of scholars preparing for graduate school and professional careers. The program is designed to substantially increase the diversity of students graduating with baccalaureate degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

2016: Chikamnele Amajirionwu, Quincy Gonzales
2014: Angelica Riojas
2013: Bernadetie Baker, Adam Gray, Martha Juarez, Monique Manmusan, Krystle Moore, Valeria Onzures, Hanah Gibson, Angelica Riojas, Raiieim Turner, Ashley Lauren Seagroves
2012: Adam Gray, Martha Juarez, Monique Manibusan, Krystle Moore, Valeria Onzures, Hanah Gibson, Arissa Nath, Raheim Turner, Lauren Seagroves, Gabriel Hurtado
2011: Sherilee Bradley, Brittany Charlton, Adam Gary, Gabriel Hurtado, Arissa Nath, Valeria Onzures, Joseph Whitt
2010: Shelter Anyama, Arissa Nath, James Zuniga, Sherille Bradley, Brittany Charlton, Gabriel Hurtado, Cindy Obioha, Diana Villegas
2009: James May
2008: Ugo Eziefule, Michelle Jackson, Puja Malani, James May, Yohantis Moore, Veronica Huerta
2007: Amy Cadenhead, Ugo Eziefule, Lissette Gomez, Michelle Jackson, Asha James, Puja Malani, James May, Yohantis Moore, Alex Patino, CJ Schubert, Veronica Huerta, Peter Mosnes
2005: Misato Aoshima, Akiko Fujii, Olivia Gamez, Amy Gandy, Lesette Gomez, Asha James
2004: Alvin R. Curette
2003: Alvin R. Curette, Monica P. Rodriguez

Lamar and Marilynn Johanson Graduate Endowment in Biology

Awarded to full-time graduate students working on M.S. or Ph.D., with a preference for students pursuing a career teaching at the college level. The award supports graduate student research through stipends or fellowships. The endowment was established by Lamar and Marilynn Johanson in memory of William K. Davis.

2015: Sarah Crouchet, Matthew Milholland 

List of Faculty Awards

(Note: The lists indicate university-level awards won by department faculty members in a given year.)

Presidential Award for Excellence In Scholarly / Creative Activity: Senior Lecturer/ Assistant Professor

2008 : Weston Nowlin
2007: Timothy Bonner
2006: Caitlin Gabor
2001: Michael Forstner

Presidential Award for Excellence In Scholarly / Creative Activity: Associate Professor/ Professor

2015: Caitlin Gabor
2012: Dittmar Hahn
2010: Michael Forstner
2008: Dittmar Hahn
2007: Michael Forstner

Presidential Seminar Honoree

2005: Robert McLean
2002: Paul Barnes
1999: Gary Upchurch
1994: Ron Walters
1990: Joseph Koke
1986: John Baccus

Presidential Fellow

2003: Robert McLean
2002: Robert McLean

Distinguished Professor Emeritus

2016: Glenn Longley
2015: Gary Aron
2010: Francis Rose
2001: B. Whiteside
1998: H.H. Hannan
1983: W.E. Norris

Distinguished Professor

2016: Dittmar Hahn
2013: Michael Forstner
2012: Robert McLean, Paula Williamson
2010: John Baccus

Regents Professor

2016: Dittmar Hahn
2013: Michael Forstner
2012: Robert McLean
2010: John Baccus