EEB students awarded prize recognizing best in undergraduate research
Twenty-four undergraduate students in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) showcased their research projects and competed for the department’s Corey A. Goldman Prize for Best Research Poster at the recent annual EEB Undergraduate Research Fair.
The prize – named after former EEB Undergraduate Associate Chair Corey A. Goldman – recognizes the top students within the department for excellence in their fourth-year independent research projects. Winners in four categories were awarded a cash prize by a judging panel of faculty members and postdoctoral fellows.
Although not yet eligible for the prize, several third-year students also had the opportunity to showcase their projects and practice communicating their research to a wider audience at the fair.
Students’ research projects explored diverse topics in ecology and evolutionary biology, ranging from genome analysis, to CT scans of eggs inside of lizards, microplastic environmental pollutants and field ecology conducted at the Koffler Scientific Reserve at Jokers Hill. Students used an array of organisms for their research, including fruit flies, dinosaurs, leeches, duckweed and malaria.
“The EEB department is exceptionally fortunate to be able to benefit from U of T’s outstanding undergraduate talent in helping to drive the scientific discovery taking place in our faculty research labs,” says Professor and EEB Undergraduate Associate Chair Asher Cutter. “EEB’s research project courses are a great way for undergrads to get a taste for the excitement of figuring out something new about how the world works.”
Meet the winners of the Corey A. Goldman Prize and see highlights of the research fair below.