The department annually recognizes a Department of Biology undergraduate major in the Honors Program who has the best Honors Thesis.
Outstanding Honors Thesis Award
2020 Outstanding Honors Thesis Award Recipient: Abigail Weber
Abigail "Abby" Weber is a member of Assistant Professor Kimberly Rosvall's lab and works directly with Ph.D. candidate Elizabeth George. Abby has spent the past four years at Indiana University exploring the degree of individual plasticity in female tree swallow aggression and how it varies with other life history and fitness traits. She defended her thesis on April 30, 2020, in a unique Zoom seminar with members of the Department of Biology and the Center for the Intergrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB).
Abby is taking a gap year to pursue some of her other passions, including thru-hiking the JMT, volunteering on small farms, and (hopefully) a conservation internship. She hopes to pursue a master's in wildlife biology one day, but with the onset of COVID-19, she has decided to take her time in deciding her future career path.