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Department Awards

List of Student Awards

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

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

    2018: Hannah Perkins, Amara Garza, Cory Goff and Starla Thornhill
    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

  • 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.

    2017: Starla Thornhill
    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 

  • 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.

    2018: Lisa Koetke, Andrew McLaren
    2017: Kate Bell, Sara Weaver
    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

  • 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

  • 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.

    2018: Lindsey Worthington
    2017: Jewel Kruse
    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

  • 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.

    2018: Quentin DiPasquale , Mark Faulkner
    2017: Quentin DiPasquale, Thom Marshall, Sief Ben Tekaya
    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

  • 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. 

    2018: Skylar Chadwick
    2017: Tatiana Gamez, Dalila Loiacomo, Ashley Seagroves
    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

  • 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.

    2018: Timothy Cioffi, Lisa Koetke
    2017: Zachary Adcock, Amanda Driscoe
    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

  • 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

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

    2018: Sarah Michelle Lopez, Ramiro Mancilla
    2017: Samantha Gutierrez and Dustin Rathke
    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

  • 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. 

    2018: Zachery Forsberg, Meaghan McCormack, Shashwat Sirsi
    2017: Zachery Forsburg, Andrea Villamizar Gomez, Zachary Mitchell, Parvathi Nair
    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

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

    2018: Skylar Chadwick
    2017: Travis Moore, Danielle Noelle Terrell
    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

  • 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.

    2018: Ofek Belkin, Matt Riojas, Joseph Robicheaux, Elizabeth Sanchez, Shante' Williams
    2017: Grayson Almond, Austin Bohannon, Hannah Perkins
    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

  • 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.

    2018: Robert Tyler
    2017: Kristin Dyer
    2016: Anne Beckman
    2015: Nathan Venezio
    2014: Nicole Alonso

  • 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.)

    2017: Kristin Dyer, Mireya Escandon
    2015: James Prather, Candice Rodriguez, Nathan Venezio
    2014: Silas Ott, Candace Rodriguez

  • 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.

    2018: Jennifer Idema, Aubri Jenson
    2017: Josi Robertson, Shashwat Sirsi
    2016: Zachary Adcock, Parvathi Nair
    2015: Myranda Clark, Bianca Hernandez
    2014: Michael Markowski

  • 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.

    2018: Jessica Bernardin, Sarah Durham, Najha Marshall, Grace Nwegbo, Tania Pena, Adelie Perkins, Sara Weaver and Lindsey Worthington
    2017: Michelle Adock, Amara Garza, Margaret Goodwin, Fyona Okundia, Marshia Paulton and Wendy Rangel
    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

  • 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.

    2017: Zachery Adcock, Sara Salisbury
    2016: Katherine Bell, Amara Garza, Alexander Zalmat
    2014: Amelia Everett

  • 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. 

    2018: Heather Hansen, Lisa Koetke, Andrea Villamizar Gomez
    2017: Aiko Amano, Amanda Driscoe, Sara Weaver
    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

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

    2018: Ruby Hernandez
    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

  • 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.

    2018: Matthew Campbell, Leah Cuddeback
    2017: Nicole Biesel, Emerson Fillipa, Kehe Zhang
    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

  • 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. 

    2018: Shante' Williams
    2017: Aiko Amano
    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

  • Special award set by Dr. Gary Upchurch for 2007 

    2007: Elena Wisely, Christopher Wisely

  • 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

  • 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.

    2018: Jennifer Idema
    2017: William Keitt
    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

  • 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

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

    2017: Foster Ogu
    2005: Emily Evans

  • 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.

    2018: Jessica Hobbs, Diego Torres Martinez
    2017: Chikamnele Amajirionwu
    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

  • 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.

    2018: Andrea Villamizar-Gomez
    2015: Sarah Crouchet, Matthew Milholland 

  • Awarded to undergraduates pursuing a B.S with intent to earn their middle or secondary school Science Education Certification.

    2017: Alexis Denn and Hannah Perkins

  • This scholarship provides financial assistance and special recognition to a number of undergraduate students who have been outstanding in their college work.

    2017: Matthew Campbell

  • Awarded to a junior or senior student majoring in the College of Science and Engineering, with preference given to women.

    2017: Leah Cuddeback

  • Award presented annually to a College of Science and Engineering graduate student who possesses outstanding characteristics in scholarship, research, teaching and service. Recognition is awarded in the form of a plaque presented to the student as well as a monetary award to the student's account. In addition, a perpetual plaque with the student's name is displayed outside the office of the Dean of Science and Engineering. The student receiving this award should exhibit leadership and participation in departmental, college and university activities and must maintain a Texas State GPA of 3.25 or greater based on at least 18 hours of graduate work earned at Texas State.

    2018: Sara Weaver

  • This scholarship was established in 2016 by Wendy Griggs and Monique Mounce, PharmD. Awarded to a sophomore or junior undergraduate enrolled full time in the College of Science and Engineering, must be pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine or pre-dental, must have demonstrated financial need as verified by their FAFSA, and female students are preferred. 

    2018: Heather Hansen

  • Awarded to a student majoring in the College of Science and Engineering to help provide financial support. Applicants must be enrolled full time and have a minimum Texas State GPA of 3.00, must demonstrate financial need, and not receive other forms of financial aid.

    2018: Heather Hansen

List of Faculty Awards

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