Student Research Grants

The Department of Biology actively encourages undergraduates and graduate students to apply for student research awards that may be available. Our students have had frequent success, because of their own efforts and those of their faculty research mentors.

External Research Awards (Undergraduate & Graduate)

  • Kate Freeman (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Bergstrom Memorial Award from the Association of Field Ornithologists, March 2014
  • Kate Freeman (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Mary J. and William B. Robertson Fellowship Award from the Florida Ornithological Society, May 2013
  • John Szot (B.S.; Robert Curry, mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, April 2013
  • Sarah Baillie (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Memorial Award from the Eastern Bird Banding Association, April 2013
  • Evan Kelemen (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Paul Bergstrom Memorial Award from the Association of Field Ornithologists, March 2013
  • Christine Eldredge (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Paul A. Stewart Research Award from the Wilson Ornithological Society, March 2013
  • Sarah Baillie (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Paul A. Stewart Research Award from the Wilson Ornithological Society, March 2013
  • Amanda Arredondo (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Paul A. Stewart Research Award from the Wilson Ornithological Society, March 2013
  • Christine Eldredge (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Research Grant from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, March 2013
  • Jonathan Rumley (M.S.; Angela DiBenedetto, mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, October 2012
  • Ashveen Bains (B.S.; Robert Curry, mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, October 2012
  • Sarah Baillie (M.S.; Robert Curry, mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, October 2012
  • Kelsey Low (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Louis Agassiz Fuertes Research Award from the Wilson Ornithological Society, May 2012
  • Jacob Armiger (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Paul A. Stewart Research Award from the Wilson Ornithological Society, May 2012
  • Jacob Armiger (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Research Grant from the Animal Behavior Society, May 2012
  • Christopher Roche (M.S.; Robert Curry, mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, April 2012
  • Kelsey Low (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Research Grant from the American Ornithologists' Union, April, 2011
  • Erik Scully (B.S.M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a the George W. Barlow Student Research Award from the Animal Behavior Society, May 2011. This award is “given annually to one top-ranked proposal in the Student Research Grant cycle.”
  • Katie Allport (B.S.; John Olson, mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, January, 2010
  • Erik Scully (B.S.M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, January, 2010
  • Erik Scully (B.S.M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Research Grant from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, January, 2010
  • Joshua LaPergola (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Travel Grant from the Cooper Ornithological Society, December, 2009
  • Stephanie Wright (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Travel Grant from the Cooper Ornithological Society, December, 2009
  • Avni Malhotra (M.S.; Kelman Wieder, Mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, April, 2009
  • Stephanie Wright (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Research Grant from the American Ornithologists' Union, April, 2009
  • Joshua LaPergola (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Research Grant from the Florida Ornithological Society, April, 2009
  • Joshua LaPergola (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Travel Grant from the Association of Field Ornithologists, February, 2009
  • Stephanie Wright (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Travel Grant from the Association of Field Ornithologists, February, 2009
  • Danielle Soucier (B.S.; John Olson, mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, October, 2008
  • Rachel Jones (M.S.; Samantha Chapman, mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, October, 2008
  • Stephanie Wright (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Research Grant from the Animal Behavior Society, April, 2008
  • Stephanie Wright (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, March, 2008
  • Stuart Nielsen (M.S.; Aaron Bauer, Mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, October, 2007
  • Samantha Slattery (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, October, 2007
  • Christopher Meehan (B.S.M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Research Grant from the Animal Behavior Society, May, 2007
  • Brenda Czerwinski (M.S.; John Olson, Mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, March, 2007
  • Christopher Meehan (B.S.M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, March, 2007
  • Tami Murphy (M.S.; Angela DiBenedetto, mentor) received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research, March, 2007
  • Jennifer Mortensen (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Paul A. Stewart Memorial Research Award from the Wilson Ornithological Society, March, 2007
  • Jennifer Mortensen (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Travel Grant from the Wilson Ornithological Society, March, 2007
  • Jessica Trout-Haney (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Paul A. Stewart Memorial Research Award from the Wilson Ornithological Society, March, 2007
  • Jennifer Mortensen (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Mewaldt-King Research Grant from the Cooper Ornithological Society, February, 2007
  • Jennifer Mortensen (M.S.; Robert Curry, Mentor) received a Student Research Grant from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, January, 2007

Villanova Graduate Research Awards

VU Graduate Student Summer Fellowships in 2012:

  • Sarah Baillie (MS)
  • Ian Brennan (MS)
  • Christine Eldredge (MS)
  • Titian Ghandforoush (MS)
  • Jeremy Hartsock (MS)
  • Andrew Kathariner (MS)
  • Evan Kelemen (MS)
  • James McQuillian (MS)
  • Caitlin Murphy (BSMS)
  • Kevin Neal (MS)
  • Jessica Reid (MS)
  • Jonathan Rumley (MS)
  • Jacqueline Serfecz (MS)
  • Dylan Taylor (MS)
  • Scott Travers (MS)

Villanova Undergraduate Research Awards

Undergraduate Student Collaborative Research Awards in 2012-2013:

  • Ashveen Bains, 2012 (Biology; Valentina Ferretti, mentor)
  • Amanda McKenna, 2012 (Biology; Robert Curry, mentor)

Previous Student Collaborative Research Awards:

  • Jessica Deffler, 2011 (Biology; Robert Curry, mentor)
  • Ellie Garbade, 2011 (Biology; Angela DiBenedetto, mentor)
  • Arianna Kuhn, 2011 (Biology; Todd Jackman, mentor)
  • Caitlin Murphy, 2011 (Biology; Louise Russo, mentor)
  • Michael Peel, 2011 (Biology; Dennis Wykoff, mentor)
  • Andrew Quinn, 2011 (Biology; Metin Duran, mentor)
  • Laura Solomon, 2011 (Biology; James Wilson, mentor)
  • Tianjiao Wang (Biochemistry; Janice Knepper, mentor)
  • Lauren Acosta, 2010 (B.S.; Janice Knepper, mentor)
  • Lauren Adderly, 2010 (B.S.; Todd Jackman, mentor)
  • Caitlin Armstrong, 2010 (B.S.; John Olson, mentor)
  • Giana Bistany, 2010 (B.S.; Angela DiBenedetto, mentor)
  • Kathryn Devine, 2010 (B.S.; Samantha Chapman, mentor)
  • Sean DeWolf, 2010 (B.S.; Anil Bamezai, mentor)
  • Sayani Patra, 2010 (B.S.; Louise Russo, mentor)
  • Antonio Pullano, 2010 (B.S.; Samantha Chapman, mentor)
  • Nicole Rocha, 2010 (B.S.; Todd Jackman, mentor)
  • Tom Ruffino, 2010 (B.S., Biochemistry; Dennis Wykoff, mentor)
  • Erik Scully, 2010 (B.S.M.S.; Robert Curry, mentor)
  • Karen Zusi, 2010 (B.S.; Robert Curry, mentor)
  • Amanda Bernier, 2009 (B.S.; Janice Knepper, mentor)
  • Giana Bistani, 2009 (B.S.M.S.; Angela DiBenedetto, mentor)
  • Taryn Cazzoli, 2009 (B.S.M.S.; Aaron Bauer, mentor)
  • Eliza Fradkin, 2009 (B.S.; Angela DiBenedetto, mentor)
  • Juliette Power, 2009 (B.S.; Dennis Wykoff, mentor)
  • Courtney Shipman, 2009 (B.S.; Mary Desmond, mentor)
  • Shreya Trivedi, 2009 (B.S.; Louise Russo, mentor)
  • Karen Zusi, 2009 (B.S.; Robert Curry, mentor)
  • Charity Calloway, Summer 2008 (B.S.; Mary Desmond, mentor)
  • Danielle Davies, Fall 2008 (B.S.; Dennis Wykoff, mentor)
  • Lauren Elliott, Summer 2008 (B.S.; Michael Russell, mentor)
  • Theresa Henry, Summer 2008 (B.S.; Dennis Wykoff, mentor)
  • Tatjana Prsa, Summer 2008 (B.S.; Melanie Vile, mentor)
  • Michael Topf, Fall 2008 (B.S.; Todd Jackman, mentor)
  • Shreya Trivedi, Fall 2008 (B.S.; Louise Russo, mentor)
  • Karen Zusi, Summer 2008 (B.S.; Robert Curry, mentor)