Department of Biology


2015 Denise M McGuire Student Research Award Recipients

Student Achievements

Undergraduate and Graduate Students

  • Biology students Hyunjoo Lim and Bethany Koenig will both be attending the University of Minnesota Dental School in Fall 2017.
  • Graduate student Rene Martin (Advisor: Matt Davis) had her first scientific peer-reviewed manuscript published in the journal Copeia, titled Patterns of Phenotypic Variation in the Mouth Size of Lanternfishes (Teleostei: Myctophiformes). Rene's poster presentation of this work had previously been the recipient of a Storer Award for the Best Student Poster in Ichthyology at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and her published manuscript includes a banner included by the society that highlights this achievement.
  • Graduate student Rene Martin (Advisor: Matt Davis) received an Edward C. Raney Award for Ichthyology Research at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (New Orleans, July 2016).
  • Graduate student Sinduja Thinamany (Advisor: Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje) was the first place winner of the Formal Paper Competition at the Student Research Colloquium in April, 2016 for her paper titled, "Bisphenol A and Type 1 Diabetes; A Global Concern".
  • Kylie Bruner, St. Cloud State TODAY, presented her research at a Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars event on March 17, 2016, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Megan Cox was awarded a student research grant from the Animal Behavior Society in March 2016. ABS membership includes many cutting-edge evolutionary and behavioral ecologists and physiologists. Megan is a graduate student in biology.
  • Jelena (Lena) Ivanova, a Master of Science graduate student in the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory was awarded the "Best Oral Presentation Award" at the annual meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the Society for Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry held in Madison, Wisconsin, in March 2016.
  • Graduate student Rene Martin (Advisor: Matt Davis) received the Storer Award for Ichthyology for best student poster presentation of her poster "Evolution of Jaw Shape and Length Variation in Deep-Sea Lanternfishes (Teleostei: Myctophiformes)" at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (Reno, July 2015).
  • The Denise M McGuire Student Research Awards for 2015 included three recipients from biology. These included graduate students Casey KippingRene Martin, and undergraduate Courtney Goulet.