Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics Student Taskforce


BEESst Awards

Every year we award a Research Award for outstanding research achievement and the Service Award (previously the Spirit Award) for contributions to the BEES program through organizing events and promoting cohesiveness.

In 2007 and 2008, the awards were presented at the conclusion of the Graduate Student Research Day presentations during the BEES Round Up recruitment event. Audience members evaluated the speakers, and a winner was chosen for the Research Award. Students voted in the previous days to choose the Spirit Award winner.

Starting in 2009, the awards were presented at the Organismal Biology Day dinner. Both the Research Award and Service Award were chosen through a nomination and voting process organized by the BEES Student Taskforce chair.

In 2014, we began holding an annual Spring event (BEES Banquet in 2014, BEES Retreat in 2015) where awards were presented.


BEESst Research Award:

The BEESst Research Award recognizes outstanding graduate students from the BEES program for their research achievements in their careers. The winner of this award has made a significant contribution (p<0.001) to the research community at UMD! (i.e., authoring a peer-reviewed manuscript, presenting your research at conferences, winning grants and fellowships to fund your research,  serving as a reviewer, etc).

Research Award Winners:

2016        Noor White
2015        Cheryl Lewis Ames, Grace DiRenzo
2014        Nathan Jud
2013        Gerald Carter
2012        Elise Zipkin
2011         Kelly O'Quin
2010        Jason Keagy
2009       Katie Schneider
2008       Emily Amitin
2007       James Sikes

 

BEESst Service Award:

The BEESst Service Award recognizes outstanding graduate students from the BEES community for embodying “the spirit of BEES".  The winner of this award has made a great commitment to the program by volunteering for committees and positions, and generally enriching the UMD student experience. (i.e., organizing events, mentoring “younger” BEES students, working with faculty on curriculum development, serving on research/admissions committees, etc.). Note that this may include service to the BISI program or the greater UMD community!

Service Award Winners:

2016        Danielle Adams
2015        Grace Capshaw, Will Gammerdinger
2014        Carly Muletz
2013        Elanor Spadafora
2012        Alex Forde
2011         Julie Herbert
2010       Mercedes Burns
2009      Laura Craig
2008      Emily Amitin
2007      Tagide deCarvalho, Holly Menninger

 

  Cora looking positively giddy to be giving an award to Elise. (Photo by Ellie Stevens)

Cora looking positively giddy to be giving an award to Elise. (Photo by Ellie Stevens)


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