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Department Awards

UF Research Foundation Awards

The University of Florida Research Foundation recently named Dr. Bill Pine as one of the UF Research Foundation Professors for 2013-16 in recognition of distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields. Read More.

Graduate Awards and Scholarships

Congratulations to the recipients of our 2012-13 WEC Graduate Student Awards! Miguel Acevedo, SNRE PhD candidate advised by Dr. Rob Fletcher, received this year's Outstanding Graduate Research Award. Brian Reichert, WEC doctoral candidate advised by Dr. Wiley Kitchens, received the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Matt Shirley, WEC doctoral candidate advised by Dr. Jim Austin, received this year's Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award.

Dan Greene, WEC doctoral student advised Dr. Bob McCleery, is one of this year's recipients of the 2012 Florida Wildlife Federation Scholarship ($1,000). Krystan Wilkinson, WEC MS student co-advised by Drs. Bill Pine and Randy Wells, also received $500 from the Florida Wildlife Federation. Two WEC MS students, Cailey Thomas and Courtney Tye, share this year's African Safari Club Graduate Student Award ($3,000 and $2,500 respectively). Cailey is advised by Dr. Bill Giuliano, and Courtney is co-advised by Drs. Giuliano and Bob McCleery.

Varun Goswami, SNRE doctoral candidate advised by Dr. Madan Oli, and Dickson Ritan, WEC MS student advised by Dr. Susan Jacobson, received the first annual WEC Graduate Travel Awards ($1,977 and $940 respectively). Varun plans to attend and present his research on the issue of purported "wildlife-friendly" land use outside protected areas meeting the habitat needs of conflict-prone megafauna in fragmented, human dominated landscapes at The Wildlife Society's Annual Conference this fall in Milwaukee, WI. Dickson will attend and present his research on the "Assessment of biodiversity threats and tourism development in Kenya terrestrial parks and reserves" at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) in June, held in Colorado.

Matt Shirley, WEC doctoral candidate advised by Dr. Jim Austin, was also recognized by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences with its highest graduate student award, the Jimmy G. Cheek Medal of Excellence, this spring.

Felipe Hernandez, SNRE doctoral student, received a UF Graduate Student Council Travel Grant to attend the Ecology and Evolution of Disease Conference this July at Penn State University. Felipe is advised by Dr. Sam Wisely.