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Becky Colvin Memorial Award

The Becky Colvin Research Award was established in memory of Becky Colvin '95, an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) major who was strongly committed to the field of ecology and environmental studies. The fund provides support for travel, research supplies, and other research related expenses associated with field research for the senior thesis. Juniors in the Environmental Studies Program (ENV) or majoring in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are eligible to apply for this competitive award. Nominees will be selected from the submitted applications by the Director of PEI and the Chair of EEB. The final selection of award recipient is made in consultation with the Colvin family.

Applying for Award

The application for the Becky Colvin Award is available here. Applicants will need to submit a project description, detailed budget, transcript, and letter of recommendation from their faculty adviser.

The final deadline to submit the application is 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, March 21, 2014.

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Major Adviser(s) Senior Thesis Title
2013 Lauren Wyman EEB Robert Pringle The effects of introduced species on an ecosystem's ability to rebound after environmental disturbances. Specifically, looking at the spider populations on the islands  pre- and post-Hurricane Sandy of the Bahamas
2013 Elizabeth McKenna EEB Simon Levin Researching the effects of varying light and sedimentation conditions on the growth rates of juvenile corals at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS)
2012 Abigail A. Hewitt EEB Andrew Dobson Examination of environmental and economic outcomes stemming from alternative land use strategies in the Corcovado-Matapalo region of Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula, in order to recommend a development model that creates ecological and economic integrity for the region
2012 Tara M. Thean EEB James Gould Observation of factors influencing signature whistle contour in bottlenose dolphins, to identify differences in how these factors vary between captive and free-range animals with implications for conservation and captive management programs
2011 Madelon Case EEB Simon Levin A Study of How Gopher Mound Disturbance Influences Plant Community Structure and Spatial Heterogeneity in Montane Meadows in Oregon's Western Cascades
2011 Sara L. Nason GEO Satish Myneni An Examination of Elevated CO2 Concentrations and their Impact in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
2010 Hannah C. Barkley EEB Stephen Pacala The Effect of Temperature and Feeding on the Early Tissue Growth and Calcification of the Atlantic Coral Porites Astreoides
2009 Sarah E. Chambliss EEB David Wilcove Land Degradation & Plant Community Change: Examining the Case of Sansevieria volkensii, a Native Plant Spreading in Kenya
2009 Josephine G. Walker EEB Simon Levin Acaricide use and the control of Theileria parva at the wildlife-livestock disease interface in Kenya
2008 Ruth Schwab EEB Stuart Altmann, Henry Horn From Wild Apples to Modern Cultivars: Chemical Profile Changes of Sugars, Acids, and the Phenolics Over Selective Time
2007 Nathan Crumpton SOC Elizabeth Armstrong Dissonant Realities: Behind the Veil of AIDS in Tanzania
2007 Jonah Wagner WWS David Wilcove Water-Pricing Reform and Water Service Sustainability: Case Studies of Hyderabad and Johannesburg
2006 Meha Jain EEB Daniel Rubenstein Measuring the Effects of Cattle on Land and Wildlife in Laikipia, Kenya
2006 Aliya Sanders EEB Lars Hedin Nutrient Limitation on N2 Fixation by Acacia Saligna Stands of the Western Cape, South Africa
2004 Wenfei Tong EEB   On the Genetic Structure of Plains Zebra Populations and Societies: Insights from Non-invasive Microsatellite Genotyping
2004 Olympia L. Moy EEB   The "Grain-to-Green" Program and its Implications for the Conservation of Giant Panda Habitat in Woolong Nature Reserve, China
2003 John Kim EEB   Effects of Culitvation and Proximity to Natural Habitat on Ground-nesting Native Bees in California Sunflower Fields
2002 Andrew Bryant HIS   Social, Economic, and Environmental Transformations Following the Introduction of Coffee to the Kilmanjaro Region of Tanzania, 1900
2000 Amanda Hawn EEB   Early Juvenile Mortality in a Cohort of Chromis Cyanea: The Grownth-Mortality Hypothesis Revisited
1999 Mark Cornwall     An Analysis of the Competitive Interaction between Two Sympatric Species of Zebra: Equus Greyvi and Equus Burchelli