2018-2019 CISAB fellowships
- Amrita Bhattacharya
- Kara Million
- Chris Peterson
CISAB founding member William J. Rowland was devoted to the study of animal behavior, and a strong advocate for mentoring and training undergraduates in research, particularly undergraduates who were in one way or another disadvantaged in their opportunities to get research experience. The Bill Rowland Mentoring Award was established in Bill’s memory to recognize graduate students who have served as outstanding research mentors to undergraduates.
A CISAB member and a graduate student in Biology, Abby KImmitt is a talented and committed graduate student who is currently conducting research that stands out for its blend of behavior and evolution.Iin addition to being an excellent scientist, Abby is a wonderful mentor, a strong and considerate leader who has mentored REU students and many IU undergraduate field assistants. Abby also excels in classroom teaching. For instance, as associate instructor in the Biology of Birds lab course, Abby re-designed exercises and developed new ones. She is actively involved in IU’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, and incorporates innovative teaching into her classes. For instance, last fall, she taught the core course for the Animal Behavior major, incorporating active learning techniques such as problem-based learning, think-pair-share, and literature discussions. She has also co-led workshops on effective lesson design and making lab and discussion sections more effective. Thus, not only is Abby mentoring undergraduates in the lab and classroom, she is also mentoring her fellow graduate students in effective teaching.
Abby Kimmitt receives 2018 Rowland Mentoring Award
Established in memory of Hanna Kolodziejski, a remarkable graduate student in CISAB and the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior program in Biology, this fellowship is an annual award for a graduate student who, like Hanna, shows academic talent in both research and teaching, and who demonstrates a commitment to the community through service or outreach programs. The fellowship is open to all CISAB and Biology graduate students, with a preference given to members of CISAB and Evolution, Ecology & Behavior (EEB) students.
A CISAB member and graduate student in Biology, Kristyn Sylvia is studying the influence of early life stress on reproductive development, immune function, microbiome, and social behaviors in Siberian hamsters. In addition to being quite productive in her research, she has engaged in pedagogical research and served as a graduate student member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the Animal Behavior major. Kristyn has also excelled at one-on-one teaching and mentoring, not only supervising undergraduates in their lab research but also giving them guidance on other aspects of science and careers. Kristyn considers community outreach to be an important contribution to the larger world in which she lives, whether it be within her department, the university or the greater Bloomington community. During her graduate career, she served as the graduate student representative on CISAB’s steering committee for 3 years, has been heavily involved in organizing the Animal Behavior Conference, mentored youths at Girl's Inc./Wonder Lab Life Sciences Camp on the Farm at Marble Hill Farm, volunteered as an organ system specialist for Cook Medical Interns, volunteered to collect data on several Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research projects, facilitated the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Teaching Orientation for new Associate Instructors, done volunteer teaching at Childs Elementary School, and served as a judge at local and regional science fairs.
Kristyn Sylvia receives 2018 Hanna Kolodziejski Fellowship
Dr. Jim Goodson was a vibrant member of the CISAB community. In addition to being a consummate neuroscientist and critical thinker, Jim was also extraordinarily gifted at capturing the beauty of his science via images, of both his study subjects and his histological material. The Goodson Prize for Art in Science recognizes outstanding research images from CISAB members that are not just scientifically meaningful but are also beautiful. Winning images are showcased both in the CISAB house and on our website.