University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Biology

Honors and Awards

2006 Undergraduate Awards

Each year the Department of Biology recognizes and awards undergraduates who have made outstanding contributions to research. Congratulations!

Daniel Bryce Hall

Lyman S. Rowell Award in Biology: This award is presented to the student with the highest GPA in Biology

Originally from Iowa, Daniel moved to Vermont in 2001 to take a break from his studies in Comparative Literature. While in Vermont he became interested in medicine and began working at an HIV clinic in Burlington. He transferred to UVM in January of 2004. With no previous science coursework, Daniel will complete the BS curriculum this May. Daniel has done exceptionally well in his coursework here and has been actively involved in research and on campus. He received a HELiX internship for the summer of 2005 to examine volume regulation in fatty liver cells. As an Associate Fellow with the Vermont Program for Research in Medical OUtcomes, Daniel has also carried a slinical research project investigating organ allocation for HIV patients awaiting liver transplant. We here he is also a fine pianist.
Daniel will be attending medical school at Columbia University next fall, and hopes to enjoy a career as a researcher and clinician with an academic medical center.

Rachel M. Sargent

Paul A. Moody Award: This award is presented to a student doing outstanding research in Biology.

Rachel Sargent graduated with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She was a John Dewey scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She started work in the Harris lab as a workstudy student and moved on to a research project characterizing a mutant of Medicago truncatula when she received a HELiX summer research grant. She continued work on that project, ultimately writing it up and presenting it as an honors thesis. Currently Rachel is working as a lab technician in the Delaney lab. She intends to take a year off before applying to graduate programs studying either field naturalism or sexual selection in fish.

Daniel Allard Wheeler

George Perkins Marsh Award in Ecology/Evolution: This award is presented to a student doing outstanding research in ecology and evolution

Dan Wheeler comes from the tiny corner of the state of Vermont known as the Northeast Kingdom, in the town of Lyndonville. A great student in high school, he kept up the work in college where he ranked in the top percentile in GPA, being on the Deans list every semester. He was a history major for a year, then began taking business courses before settling into Biology. After taking a Biology course with Dr. Schall, he was recruited into the Schall Lab to jump right into malaria research. He was then awarded a HELiX grant to fund his research, looking at clonal diversity and sex ratios in Plasmodium Mexicanum parasites. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to fish and hunt, is very athletic and is on the varsity track and field program where he has consistently been one of the top Javelin throwers in the conference, and has served as team captain for both his junior and senior year. He plans to take some time to travel and relax, and then possibly look into Graduate School.

Rachel Lynn Lacy

Bernd Heinrich Award in Physiology or Evolution: This award is presented to a student doing outstanding research in physiology or evolution

Rachel is completing a B.A. in Biology with a double minor in Chemistry and Philosophy. She is a McNair Scholar.

Cassandra Lynn Jacbos

John Wheeler Award in Chemical Biology: This award is presented to a student doing outstanding research in chemical biology

Cassandra Jacobs is pursuing a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry and will be completing her Master's next year through the Accelerated Master's Program.

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