Celebrating Zoology Graduate Students


This year, the Zoology Graduate Instruction Committee (GIC) completed our first ever annual graduate student reviews, focusing on the past calendar year (2016) for each student.  As a result, we now have a basis for honoring a Zoology Graduate Student of the Year, selected by the GIC.  This annual award is accompanied by a modest cash prize ($100), a certificate, and a profile on the Zoology Graduate Program web page.

The GIC is happy to announce that the 2016 Zoology Graduate Student of the Year is Raphael Ritson-Williams.  A PhD student of Ruth Gates studying coral conservation, Raphael entered our program in 2012.  He had an outstanding publication record in 2016, with 4 papers published in peer-reviewed journals (2 as first author).  Raphael also engaged in professional service in 2016 as a co-panelist for an EPA program and a reviewer for several journals.

The GIC also selected a runner-up for this year’s award:  Mary Donovan.  A PhD student of Alan Friedlander studying coral reef conservation, Mary entered our program in 2013.  She published 4 papers in peer-reviewed journals in 2016 (1 as first author), and engaged in professional service as a reviewer for several journals.

Congratulations, Raphael and Mary!



Zoology Graduate Students published over 20 papers in 2016! Congratulations to everyone who published as well as to the following students on their recent accomplishments:


The Charles H. and Margaret B. Edmondson Research Fund - awarded to Claire Lewis


The Jessie D. Kay Memorial Research Grant - awarded to Mark Royer


The Elizabeth Alison Kay Endowed Award - awarded to Luke Campillo and Claire Lewis


The Tester Symposium Award for Best Paper - awarded to Tom Iwanicki


The Lord/Lord Fellowship - awarded to Sean Canfield


The Nancy Foster Scholarship - awarded to Richard Coleman


The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and The Kamehameha Schools 'Imi Na'auao Scholarship - awarded to Ale'alani Dudoit


The NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant and The Soroptomist Fellowship - awarded to Jessica Maxfield


The NOAA Marine Education and Training Grant - awarded to Narrissa Spies


Funded Sea Grant Proposals - awarded to Richard Coleman, Kaleonani Hurley, and Lindsey Veazey

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07/26/2017 at 9:12am