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Biology Awards Information and Recipients

2022 Awards

  • Guy A. Bailey Outstanding Biology Senior - Vincent Scalcione

  • Robert A. Greene Service Award - Robert Colbath

  • Leadership Award - Yannis Dimitroff

  • Dr. Mark Diamond Memorial Research Award:

    • Oral Presentation - Brett Woodworth

    • Poster Presentation - Kaitlyn Gera and Hannah Smith

  • Larry King Plant Science Award - Payton Reese

  • Herman Forest Gaia Award - Ryan Bohen

  • A. Henry Latorella Genetics Award - Hannah Smith

  • Robert W. O'Donnell Award - Sarah Eckl

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award - Syndou Cisse

 2020 Awards

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2021 Awards

  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence - Sakura Hamazaki

  • Presidential Scholars: Yannis Dimitroff, Arianna Falletta, and Vincent Scalcione

  • Guy A. Bailey Outstanding Biology Senior - Nolberto Jaramillo and Jessica Palmeri
  • Robert A. Greene Service Award - Heather Wood

  • Leadership Award - Maya Craig

  • Dr. Mark Diamond Memorial Research Award:

    • Oral Presentation - Laura Williams

    • Poster Presentation - Allison Menendez

  • Larry King Plant Science Award - Allison Menendez and Anna Meichenbaum

  • Herman Forest Gaia Award - Allison Menendez and Anna Meichenbaum

  • A. Henry Latorella Genetics Award - Jennifer Leigh

  • Arch & Jane Reid Endowed Scholarship - Cat Steele and Raegan Becker

  • Jackson Ulmer Biochemistry Award - Laura Williams


Biology Department Awards Criteria/Qualifications:

Guy Bailey Award for the Outstanding Biology Senior

Criteria:    

1.   Nominees will be selected from among the graduating seniors with the highest G.P.A. for coursework in Biology.

2.   In addition to the Biology G.P.A. consideration will be given to:

      a) election of biology coursework beyond the minimum required for the major,

      b) strong performance in coursework in other sciences and mathematics beyond the minimum required for the major,

      c) evidence of professional activity; such as, independent research either local or in a summer research program, presentation(s) at the local, regional or national level, publication(s).

Robert A. Greene Service Award

Criteria:

1.   Nominees should be active participants and contributors to the Biology student clubs.

2.   Nominees should participate in and contribute to departmental activities and functions; e.g. student representative to departmental committees, trips, mixers, service projects, etc.

3.   There is no minimum G.P.A. requirement for nomination for the Greene Service Award.

Nominations can come from either faculty or the student organizations of the department.

Leadership Award

Criteria:

1.   Nominees should have a strong G.P.A. in their Biology coursework since they serve as role models for other students in the major.

2.   Nominees should have served as officers in biology or campus organizations.

3.   Nominees should have served the department as ULAs or ULIs.

4.   Nominees may have demonstrated their leadership in other ways.

Nominations can come from either faculty or students of the department.

Lawrence J. King Plant Science Award

Criteria:

1.   Nominees should have plans for a post-graduate career in the plant sciences.

2.   Nominees should show evidence of their interest and ability in the plant sciences. This would include the number of plant based courses they have taken, the grades earned in those courses and any independent research in the plant sciences.

Nominations can come from any faculty or student (self nominations are acceptable).

Herman Forest Gaia Award (The Herman Forest Environmental Science Award)

Qualifications:  Nominees should be a Biology/Biochemistry major or a Biology minor.

Criteria:

Nominees should have plans for a post-graduate career in environmental science or management.    Nominees should show evidence of their interest in environmental science and management.  a.   This should include projects/research done here that relate to environmental issues.
b.  This may include their performance and number of courses that they have taken in ecological and environmental-related courses in biology or other departments.
c.   This may include their activity in campus environmentally related clubs. Seniors will have preference.

A. Henry Latorella Genetics Award

Qualification:  Nominees should be a Biology or Biochemistry major.

Criteria:

1.  Nominees should have plans for a post-graduate career in genetics related fields.   

2.  Nominees should show evidence of their interest and ability in genetics.  This includes the number of genetics related courses that they have taken, the grades earned in those courses and any independent research in the related field.

3.  Seniors will have preference.

      Nominations may come from the nomination committee or students may self-nominate. 

Dr. Mark Diamond Memorial Research Awards for Oral Presentation and Poster Presentation

Qualification: Nominees should be a Biology major selected on the basis of his/her independent research project by Biology faculty  Supported by contribution from friends of Dr. Mark Diamond.

Jane and Arch Reid Endowed Scholarship

Qualification: Nominees must be a junior Biology major with Adolescent Ed certification pursuing a career as a biology teacher. Selection is made by the Biology Department Adolescent Education advisor and the College Advancement Office. Endowed by Mrs. Jane Reid and her husband, the late Emeritus Professor Dr. Archibald Reid. The recipient must be enrolled at SUNY Geneseo for the following fall semester.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award

This award recognizes students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in promoting a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive Biology Department and Geneseo campus community, and who are dedicated to continuing to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in their future careers.

Qualifications: Nominees should be senior Biology/Biochemistry majors.

Criteria: The nominee’s record should:

1. Demonstrate advocacy through participation in campus organizations and programming that promote the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

2. Reflect personal engagement in promoting a supportive, collaborative culture that actively bridges identities across our community.

3. Show potential to continue work in equity and inclusion in their future careers.

Robert W. O'Donnell Award

Qualification:  Nominees should be a Biology or Biochemistry major. 

 Criteria:

1.  Nominees should have plans for a post-graduate career in cancer or immunology related fields.   

2.  Nominees should show evidence of their interest and ability in cancer or immunology.  This includes the number of related courses that they have taken, the grades earned in those courses and any independent research in the related field.

3.  Seniors will have preference.

      Nominations may come from the nomination committee or students may self-nominate.