As I move toward completing my PhD this coming year, I realized I forgot to share that I received a second Graduate Council Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. This fellowship allows me to finish my research without a teaching commitment, and will hopefully allow a few extra projects to come to fruition this next year in addition to my PhD chapters. I am so thankful for the support UA has given me, and continues to offer all of its graduate students. Here's to the home stretch!
COVID has certainly thrown a wrench in many plans, but I will still share that I received two awards at Honor's Day this year!
The Ralph L. Chermock Prize is named for Dr. Ralph Chermock, professor in Biology and director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. It is presented to the most outstanding graduate student in systematics and ecology. I am honored to receive it, and grateful to my department for the financial support for research that comes with it!
I was also awarded a second Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student award, this time for Fall 2019. As that is the first semester of student evaluations on record since I returned to teaching after my GCF, I am ecstatic to know that my hiatus from teaching to focus on research did not decrease my effectiveness as an instructor. It was certainly a joy to get back to sharing passion for science with my students.