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Spring 2014 Honors and Awards

The Department of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University annually recognizes students who have made significant contributions through scholarly activities, as well as service, research, and leadership.

Distinguished Senior in Biomedical Sciences

Qing Shu (Not pictured)

Distinguished Senior in Biology

John Christie presented by Dr. Malcolm

Distinguished Pre-Professional in Biological Sciences

Erin Donovan presented by Dr. Spitsbergen

Merrill Wiseman Award in Microbiology

Steven Aiello presented by Dr. Docherty



Presidential Scholar in Biological Sciences

Olivia Walser Presented by Dr. Barkman and Dr. Rossbach

Hazel Wirick Scholarship Graduate

Scott Warner presented by Dr. Barkman

Hazel Wirick Scholarship

Mallory Burdo presented by Dr. Barkman


Colin J. Gould Memorial Scholarship

Nicole Carpp presented by Dr. Spitsbergen

Frank Hinds Zoology Award

Damir Musaev presented by Dr. Kane

MPI Oustanding Undergraduate Research Award

Evan White presented by Dr. Byrd-Jacobs


Distinguished Biological Sciences Graduate Student

Jacob Job presented by Dr. Gill

Department Nomination for Graduate Research and Creative
Scholar - given by the Graduate College

Masters - Teaching

Yih Wen Goh presented by Dr. Spitsbergen

Masters - Research

Eeleng Choong presented by Dr. Rossbach

Ph.D. - Teaching

Jacob Job presented by Dr. Gill


Ph. D. - Research

John-Mary Vianney presented by Dr. Spitsbergen

Leo C. Vander Beek Graduate Student Plant Biology Award

Justin Hackett presented by Dr. Lu

MPI Outstanding Graduate Research Award - Masters Level

Hannah Borton presented by Dr. Docherty

MPI Outstanding Graduate Research Award - Doctoral Level

Amy Gyorkos presented by Dr. Spitsbergen



Dr. Darrell R. Latva Biological Sciences Teaching Excellence Award

Dr. John Jellies presented by Dr. Spitsbergen