Congrats, Dr. Sarah Jennings! For an excellent exit seminar and dissertation…AND for winning the 2021 Merton Love Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Ecology and Evolution at UC Davis! The Merton Love Award is given to the student with the most outstanding PhD dissertation in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Davis each year. As an awardee, Sarah will present work from her dissertation “The role of chemical information in the breeding biology of Leach’s storm-petrels (Oceanodroma leucorhoa)” in the final Ecology & Evolution seminar this quarter on June 10th.
Congrats to Allison Injaian for giving an excellent exit seminar and successfully defending her dissertation! Alli was also recently awarded the College of Biological Sciences Dean’s Mentorship Award. This award recognizes excellence in research and mentorship for undergraduate students seeking careers in the sciences. Well deserved!
Congrats to Alicia Bird for successfully defending her Master’s thesis at San Francisco State University this spring! Alicia’s MS research examined the salamander microbiomes in various Ensatina eschscholtzii subspecies and sympatric Batrachoseps species with professors Andy Zink and Vance Vredenburg.
Anna Perry was awarded the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences Dean’s Mentorship Award for Undergraduate Research in spring 2016. Anna has mentored 42(!) undergraduates during her time in the Patricelli Lab; this award reflects her exceptional skill, patience, and dedication in helping each of these students reach their potential. Anna also received a Professors for the Future (PFTF) fellowship. The PFTF program is a competitive, year-long fellowship designed to recognize and develop the academic leadership skills of outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. As a PFTF fellow (2015-2016), Anna developed a workshop series to teach both graduate and postdoctoral mentors strategies for providing effective feedback on undergraduate scientific writing. While working to enhance the professional development of her colleagues, Anna also received formal training in course design and teaching methods through a seminar on College Teaching. Congrats, Anna!
Allison Injaian was awarded an ARCS Fellowship for a second year, as well as a Student Research Award and Graduate Student Travel Award from the Animal Behavior Society (Thanks, ABS!), and a Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Student Grant in Aid of Research! Congrats, Alli!
Honorary lab member Cameron Jones was awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in spring 2016! Cameron is a graduate student in the Animal Behavior Graduate Group at UC Davis co-advised by Ann Hedrick and Andy Sih. Congrats, Cameron!
Jennifer Phillips successfully defended her PhD dissertation and graduated in spring 2016! Her dissertation is entitled What is Gloger’s Rule? Studies of the Relationships Among Climate, Coloration and Life History in Birds. Congrats, Dr. Phillips!
Congrats to grad student Allison Injaian for receiving the 2015 ARCS scholarship! The ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) scholarship provides a stipend to select graduate students in the STEM fields, with the goal of advancing science and technology worldwide. Lab member Jennifer Phillips was an ARCS fellow in 2013 and 2014.
Congratulations to Alli also for receiving the UC Davis Graduate Studies Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award. This prestigious award recognizes teaching excellence on the UC Davis campus and is given to only a few stellar TAs from across campus each year.
And finally, congrats on getting married this summer!