Recent Honors


Graduate Researchers:

2009

Phil Melton and Mark Zlojutro received their doctoral hoodings in May. They completed their degrees during the previous year. Below are pictures of Mark and Phil with Dr. Crawford, and family.

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2007

Mark Zlojutro was awarded The Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) & UMI Dissertation Publishing Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award for the MA thesis entitled “Mitochondrial DNA variation in Yakutia: The genetic structure of an expanding population.”  Distinguished MA thesis was selected from 58 nominated theses from Midwestern American universities and was awarded in Indianapolis, IN.

2006

Jay Sarthy (Ph.D. student in the Genetics Program, Laboratory of Biological Anthropology) was awarded the the Madison and Lila Self Fellowship from 2006-2010. This fellowship provides a stipend, tuition, and a development program in order to assist Fellows for future leadership roles. Fellows interact with prominent scientists in order to further understand public policy issues.

2005

A poster entitled “ Genetic Architecture of a Small, Isolated Aleut Population: Bering Island, Russia,” authored by Rohina Rubicz (Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, LBA) was selected for the best graduate student paper award by a committee from the Human Biology Association. This poster was selected from graduate student papers and posters presented at the annual meeting of the Human Biology Association in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The primary criterion for this award is the significance of the research to the field of Human Biology.

"Mortality trends in a Mennonite Community from central Kansas" a poster authored by Phillip Melton (Laboratory of Biological Anthropology) was selected for an outstanding research contribution award at the 1st Annual Graduate Student Research Competition at the University of Kansas. This was one of two posters selected for this award from graduate student research projects from several KU Graduate programs. The primary criterion for this award was the impact of this research on the researchers field of study and if relevant its direct impact on the state of Kansas.

2004

A poster entitled “Mitochondrial DNA Variation in Yakutia: The Genetic Structure of an Expanding Population,” authored by Mark Zlojutro (Laboratory of Biological Anthropology, LBA) was selected for the best graduate student paper award by a committee from the American Association of Anthropological Genetics. This poster was selected from graduate student papers and posters presented at the combined annual meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Human Biology Association in Tampa, Florida. The primary criterion for this award is the significance of the research to the field of Anthropological Genetics.

Christine Phillips-Krawczak   (a Ph.D. candidate in the Genetics Program, Laboratory of Biological Anthropology) received a grant from Sigma Xi national scientific honorary society. These funds will be used for her dissertation on the anthropological genetics and geographic origins of the Black Caribs of St. Vincent Island and the coast of Central America.

Undergraduate Researchers:

2004

Ellen Quillen, a University Scholar at the LBA, received an Undergraduate Research Award for her research on the Effects of Genetic Isolation on Genetic Diversity in Small Newfoundland Outports, as measured by STRs. Her work is jointly supported by a grant from the Molecular Genetics Fund.

Eric Siegfried, an undergraduate student in the LBA and an incoming graduate student into the Anthropology Program this Fall, received an Undergraduate Research Award for his molecular genetic research on the indigenous populations of Kamchatka. Eric presented preliminary results at the yearly meeting of the URA recipients.



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