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Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Spring 2020 Scholarship and Award Winners

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Florida Wildlife Federation Scholarship

The Florida Wildlife Federation (FWF) established a scholarship fund for graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. To qualify for this merit-based $1,000 scholarship, graduate students in the department plan to pursue a career in Florida wildlife ecology or conservation after graduation, and undergraduate students must have a keen interest in Florida wildlife or want to pursue a career in Florida wildlife or conservation after graduation.

Graduate student awardees:

  • Andrew Marx, WEC Ph.D., advised by Jim Austin
  • Alex Potash, WEC Ph.D., advised by Bob McCleery

Undergraduate student awardees:

  • Hannah Henry
  • Sylvia Van Boskirk

 

Ron Magill Conservation Scholarship

The Ron Magill Conservation Scholarship is funded by a long-term commitment from Zoo Miami Communications Director and Zoo Goodwill Ambassador Ron Magill. This scholarship is a $5,000 award to support the research of a graduate student in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation studying vertebrate animals in Central or South America, including the Caribbean.

Awardee: Celso Poot, Ph.D. (SNRE), advised by Holly Ober

 

African Safari Club of Florida Scholarship

The African Safari Club of Florida supports a departmental scholarship for graduate students in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and those in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment with advisors in WEC. This $5,000 scholarship is for graduate students studying North American wildlife or African wildlife in an African country that allows hunting. Students must also have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

Awardees:

  • Adrienne Dykstra, WEC Ph.D, advised by Marcus Lashley, was awarded $4,000
  • Catherine Frock, WEC Ph.D., advised by Bob McCleery, was awarded $1,000

 

WEC Working Student Scholarship

The WEC Working Student Scholarship is a $1,000 undergraduate award offered by the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation to a student majoring in wildlife ecology and conservation who is also employed while pursuing their education.

Awardee: Nathaniel Owenby

 

Monica C. Stokely Memorial Scholarships

The family of Monica C. Stokely provides several $1,000 awards per year for undergraduate students in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. These awards are merit-based and recognize students who demonstrate a passion for wildlife ecology through practical forestry and/or conservation work.

Awardees: Nicole Abruzzo, Julianne Gibson, Dominic Mayo, Megan Rogers, Sierra Scauzillo, Mackenzie Su, and Danielle Winchel

 

WEC Jennings Scholarship

The WEC Jennings Scholarship fund offers financial awards of $1,500 to new undergraduate students and $3,000 to new graduate students. Students were evaluated by their academic performance, professional potential, financial need, extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership, and stated professional goals.

Graduate student awardees:

  • Tyler Coleman, WEC Ph.D., advised by Bill Pine
  • Marina McCampbell, WEC MS, advised by Bob McCleery

 

Undergraduate student awardees: Kyra English, Chandler Garcia, Julianne Gibson, Lorena Pineiro, Sierra Scauzillo, Herby Zephir, Hannah Henry, and Nathaniel Owenby

  

Nancy K. Czerwinski Looney Scholarship           

The family of Nancy K. Czerwinski Looney provides two undergraduate students in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a $1,000 scholarship. These scholarships are merit-based and recognize students who demonstrate a passion for nature, wildlife, and the environment.

Awardees: Chandler Garcia and Kassidy King

 

 

AWARDS

 

Undergraduate Student Awards

Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Performance 
  • Adrian Dougherty
  • Jamie Casteel
Outstanding Service to WEC
  • Keara Clancy, Natural Resource Diversity Initiative
  • Adrian Dougherty, The Wildlife Society
  • Sarah Teman, The Wildlife Society
Outstanding Undergraduate Research
  • Gabriela Gonzalez, candidate for summa cum laude and submitted undergraduate thesis
  • Sylvette Diaz, candidate for summa cum laude and submitted undergraduate thesis
Outstanding Professional Promise
  • Gabriela Gonzalez
  • Keara Clancy
  • Jamie Casteel

 

Graduate Student Awards

Outstanding WEC Graduate Student
  • Arjun Srivathsa, SNRE Ph.D., advised by Madan Oli

 

Outstanding WEC Graduate Research
  • Caroline Poli, SNRE Ph.D., advised by Rob Fletcher

  

Outstanding WEC Graduate Teaching
  • Vratika Chaudhary, WEC Ph.D., advised by Madan Oli

 

Outstanding Graduate Service to WEC
  • Alexis Cardas, WEC MS, advised by Abby Powell
  • Molly Tuma, WEC MS, advised by Abby Powell

 

WEC Faculty & Staff Awards

WEC Undergraduate Faculty of the Year
  • Christina Romagosa and Steve Johnson (Each received 11 of 45 votes)
WEC Graduate Faculty of the Year
  • Miguel Acevedo, Lyn Branch, and Eric Hellgren (Each received 4 of 22 votes)
WEC Staff of the Year
  • Daniel Deep, Human Resource Generalist I
  • Donna Dyer, WEC Administrative Specialist III