The department annually recognizes a Department of Biology undergraduate major in the Honors Program who has the best Honors Thesis.
Outstanding Honors Thesis Award
2021 Outstanding Honors Thesis Award Recipient: Alex Fitt
Alexander “Alex” Fitt conducted his undergraduate thesis research in Associate Professor Jason Tennessen's lab where he was mentored by graduate student Nader Mahmoudzadeh. Alex has spent the past three years studying how the oncometabolite L-2-hydroxyglutarate (L-2HG) is produced by insect metabolism. His studies implicated L-2HG in regulating the ability of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to survive in hypoxic environments. Alex’s findings were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. After graduation, Alex is taking a gap year to consider different career paths in biomedical sciences.