Jody Connor Student Awards – 2019

Each year NALMS presents student awards to the best student presentation and best student poster at the annual NALMS symposium. The awards are sponsored by SUNY Oswego. The NALMS Board renamed the student award as the Jody Connor Student Award in memory of Jody Connor, a long-time friend of NALMS who was active on the Education Committee and participated in the reviews of student presentations and posters.

The first-place winner receives a check for $200 and a plaque. Honorable mention or second place winners receive a plaque. The Student Awards Committee is chaired by Frank Browne. Members of the committee include Amy Smagula, Harry Gibbons, Holly Waterfield, Jennifer Graham, Ann St. Amand, Matt Albright, and Dick Osgood. The awards are based on scientific merit, research design, visual aids, clarity, and presentation.

The 2019 first-place winner of the student presentation award was Liz Favot from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario for her paper “Diatom and Chironomid Assemblage Shifts Over Several Centuries and Their Relation to Recent Cyanobacteria Blooms in Callander Bay, Lake Nipissing, Ontario.” The second-place award went to Matthew Aupperle from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina for his paper “Multi-Decadal Assessment of Reservoir Nutrient Dynamics Using Bayesian Mechanistic Modeling.”

The 2019 first-place winner of the student poster session was Vinicius Taguchi from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota for his poster “Low Dissolved Oxygen in Stratified Stormwater Ponds Causes Release of Phosphorus.”  Vini Taguchi won first place for his presentation in 2018. The second-place poster award winner was Charlie Cobb from Colby College, Waterville, Maine for his poster “Evolution of Plankton Community Structure Following a Large Alum Treatment: A Case Study from East Pond (Maine).”

Students are encouraged to present scientific papers at the NALMS symposium; it provides an excellent way to present research data and maybe win an award.

We thank SUNY Oswego for sponsoring the student awards!