Dr. Ken Halanych, Professor, was selected as the Dean’s 2009-2010 Outstanding Faculty Member. The award recognizes Dr. Halanych’s vigorous and internationally recognized research program in invertebrate systematics. Also recognized in the department was Sean Graham, a PhD student working with Dr. Craig Guyer, who received the Outstanding PhD Student research award, and Michael Alcorn, a Zoology major also working with Dr. Guyer who received the Outstanding Undergraduate Student research award. Awardees will be honored at the COSAM awards ceremony in Spring Semester 2010.
Mendonca selected Alumni Professor, Leischuck Presidential Awardee
Dr. Mary Mendonça, Professor and Graduate Program Officer in the department, was selected as one of 25 Alumni Professors recognized by the AU Alumni Association for noteworthy contributions to AU’s academic program.
Dr. Mendonca was also selected as one of two Gerald and Emily Leischuck Endowed Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Awardees. This award, the most prestigious on campus, recognizes exemplary contributions to Auburn's teaching program. Dr. Mendonca is the third departmental recipient of this award in the last 5 years: she joins past awardees Dr. Roland Dute and Dr. Bob Lishak.
Boyd and Janosik receive COSAM awards
Dr. Robert Boyd, Professor in the department, was selected as COSAM’s Outstanding Advisor for 2008-2009. Ms. Alexis Janosik, Ph.D. student in Dr. Ken Halanych’s lab, has been selected one of COSAM’s Outstanding GTAs for 2008-2009.
Liles and Hill receive Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award
Dr. Mark Liles, Assistant Professor, and Dr. Geoff Hill, Professor, were both selected as Outstanding Graduate Mentors for 2008-2009 by the AU Graduate School.
McVay gets SGA teaching award
Dr. Cathy McVay, Laboratory Coordinator, was named this year’s COSAM Outstanding Teacher by the AU Student Government Association (SGA).
Dute chosen AED’s professor of the year
Dr. Roland Dute, Professor, was selected as Professor of the Year by AU’s Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) chapter. The AED is an honorary society for pre-health students.
Wit gives AU’s “Final Lecture”
Dr. Larry Wit, Professor and COSAM’s Associate Dean for Instruction, was selected to give this year’s “The Final Lecture.” This event allows the Class of 2009 to recognize Dr. Wit as the professor they feel is the most outstanding teacher at Auburn University.
Feminella wins COSAM Outreach Award
Dr. Jack Feminella, Professor and Chair of the department since Fall 2008, was recipient of the 2008-2009 COSAM Dean's Outreach Award.