Gordon D. Alcorn Award
This award is given to the student considered to be the outstanding senior in biology based on a combination of scholarship, research, and service to the department & community.
- Clarissa Troutman - "Clarissa distinguished herself for excelling academically not only in her Biology courses but also in Chemistry, where she demonstrated strong scientific skills. Outside the classroom, Clarissa pushed the boundaries of her learning and scientific abilities further by taking on research projects in Genomics that required immersing herself in Bioinformatics and computer programming."
- Sabine Angier - "Sabine distinguished herself for having a resolute engagement with interdisciplinary research encompassing Biology, Chemistry, and Ocean Science. In the classroom, Sabine challenged herself academically by taking on rigorous courses outside of her comfort zone in an effort to better prepare herself for a future career, surpassing expectations and surprising even herself."
Beverly Pierson Research Engagement Award
This award is given to the graduating student who has demonstrated exceptional research dedication and engagement.
- Lauren Augusta - "Lauren distinguished herself by working in the Martin lab for 3 years displaying hard work, leadership, humor, and unfailing positivity. Her 2 summers of university-supported research project explored bioluminescence, using aspects of in vitro evolution, bioinformatics, and experimental design. Lauren's research revealed 3 new and undescribed genes involved in the regulation of bacterial bioluminescence. Lauren's future as a microbiologist is "bright" (accepted to 4 PhD programs) if you will forgive the pun, and it has been an honor to have her in the Martin lab."
- Bryce Poplawsky (not pictured) - "Bryce distinguished himself as an active and engaged member of the Hodum lab for 3 years, including 2 years of university-supported summer research and a semester of directed research. Impressively, each of those studies focused on completely different projects, from the pupping phenology and population numbers of harbor seals, and habitat usage and foraging behaviors of diving ducks, to his senior thesis research on marine hotspots for an endangered seabird, the Marbled Murrelet. He brings a thoughtful and careful approach to his research. And he moved between projects, including challenging himself to learn new methods and quantitative analyses, with impressive facility."
DeMarais Outstanding Service Award
This award is given to the graduate who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to service to the Biology Department and the broader community during their time at the University of Puget Sound.
- Shani Zelenko - "Shani distinguished herself for her dedication to teaching and tutoring. Shani has served as an instructor's assistant for 9 years (including one summer session). She has volunteered her time as a Phi Sigma tutor for countless hours, helped guide younger students as they've embarked on independent research projects, and supported the biology faculty through her work in the biology store room. Her leadership, her ability to connect with her students, her gift for pedagogy, and her keen interest in helping others understand and appreciate the wonders of biology make Shani a highly deserving inaugural DeMarais Outstanding Service Award recipient.
Outstanding Symposium Presentation
This award is given in recognition of an outstanding oral presentation describing excellent biological research at the Phi Sigma Undergraduate Research Symposium.
- Sabine Angier - "Sabine's talk offered a clear reminder that our planet's thin water layer called the ocean plays a pivotal role in regulating the amount of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere that contribute to climate change. In her presentation, Sabine' took us on a tour through the tropical open ocean, the microbial genes and enzymes that produce methane in this ecosystem, and the laboratory instruments that allowed her to measure methane in two-year's worth of samples. With these samples, Sabine began to construct one of the first methane time-series in the open ocean. Thank you, Sabine for an illustrative presentation, and for your diligent and high quality technical work on this project.
Outstanding IA Award
Given to the students who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and talent for helping other students to learn and appreciate the science of biology during their service as an Instructor Assistant.
- Colby Smith – “Colby has served as an outstanding and committed Instructional Assistant for Biology 112 and Biology 211. He anticipated needs in the classroom and was independent and organized. His dedication to helping his student peers learn was notable. He offered to hold extra office hours, guided study sessions, and even an exam review session. He far exceeded expectations of an IA and is highly deserving of this award!”
University Academic Honors-Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude
Awarded by the university to degree candidates who have exhibited academic excellence and breadth of scholarly achievement and who have a GPA of 3.7 or higher.
- Katie Carley
- Clarissa Troutman
- Hailee Ueyama
- Marley Weiss
- Claire Zable
- Kylee Roath
- Natalie Yates
- Sarah Blumenfeld
- Ingrid De Leon De La Rosa
- Sabine Angier
- Greta Stellrecht
- Jordan Holman
- Annie Hagen
- Shane Himeda
- Nisa Bhatia
Honors in Biology
These graduates are selected by the biology department based on their research, GPA, and contribution to the University. Only 10% of the graduating seniors can receive departmental honors. The award is noted on their transcripts and in the commencement program.
- Bryce Poplawsky
- Sarah Alchemy
- Angel Ai-Perreira
- Lucy Ogburn
- Nick Finley
Outstanding Sophomore Award
Awarded to students who do exceptional work in the two biology courses they take during their second year.
- Coby Rodriguez
- Dani Kaes
- Dillon Conner
- Kiara Hamlin
- Martin Hendrickson
- Moira Gaffney
- Nicole Carver
Outstanding First-Year Student Award
Conferred on students who do outstanding work in their first-year biology courses. In conjunction with this award, the Phi Sigma Honors Society acknowledges these students with Certificate of Membership Offer to join Phi Sigma.
- Abby Steward
- Amanda Dougherty
- Maddie Wolf-Gee
- Paige Laurie
- Xander Noble