Each year, the Department recognizes a graduating Genetics major with the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award. Any faculty supervising extraordinary undergraduate work for a thesis may nominate one student project for the award. The nominated student must be a Genetics major that graduated or will graduate during the academic year (i.e. for the 2016 award, this would be a student that graduated in Summer or Fall 2015 or will graduate in Spring 2016). The research that forms the basis of the thesis may have been completed anytime during the student’s tenure, but the student must have completed the thesis by graduation.

Completed applications will contain material from faculty nominations and student nominees. The Undergraduate Affairs Committee will choose the recipient and present the Award at the annual graduation celebration for Genetics majors. The recipient receives a cash award and the student's name is engraved on a plaque that hangs in the Genetics office.

The award is made possible through the generosity of an anonymous donor and was initiated in 2014.

Contact Beverly Ford for information on applying.

Past winners of the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award 

2016 Thomas Layman

Title of Thesis: Experimental evolution and sperm competition in Drosophila recens and D. subquinaria

Falculty Mentor: Dr. Kelly Dyer


2015 Amy Webster

Title of thesis: Abnormal Chromosome 10 Causes Meiotic Drive in a Teosinte Subspecies

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kelly Dawe


2014 Austin Garner

Title of thesis: The Genetics of Hybrid Lethality Between Two Species of Mimulus.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Andrea Sweigart