Category: Awards

KC wins ESC’s President Prize for best talk on Social Insects

By , November 22, 2021

Big congrats to MSc Student KC Galang for winning the Entomological Society of Canada’s President Prize for best student talk in the area of Social Insects, for her talk titled “The molecular basis of altruistic and selfish aggression in honey bees”

Congrats KC!


Nadia defends her PhD!

By , February 24, 2021

A bit belated, but big congrats to Dr. Nadia Tsvetkov on successful defending her PhD last December! Nadia’s thesis was awarded with distinction and nominated for a thesis dissertation prize. She boldly explored the effects of field realistic exposure to pesticides on Honey bee health using a variety of tools and perspectives. She also carried out a really cool conservation genomic study of the declining bumblebee Bombus terricola. Her Science paper is ranked among the top 1% of papers based on how often it has been cited, and she has won a bunch of awards including the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturist’s Student Merit Award and Entomological Society of Canada’s President Award. Nadia has taken up a postdoctoral position at the University of British Columbia. Below are a few pictures of Nadia – the field Czar – in action!

Congrats Dr. Tsvetkov! We will miss the energy and passion that your brought to the lab.

Nadia; Only dedicated students inspect colonies in the rain with no gloves!!!

 

Nadia Wins CAPA Student Merit Award

By , November 20, 2018

Congrats to Nadia Tsvetkov (PhD candidate) for wining the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists Student Merit Award. The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists Student Merit Award was established to recognize outstanding achievement by a student in the field of apiculture.

Prof. Harpur!

By , June 7, 2018

Big congrats to former PhD and MSc student Brock Harpur who will be starting his own group as an Assistant Professor at Purdue University (USA) in 2019.

All the best Brock!

Katie and Dova win OGS awards

By , May 4, 2018

Congrats to PhD candidates Katie and Dova for being awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarships from the Province of Ontario.  Well deserved!

 

Brock wins the 2017 Eickwort

By , November 10, 2017

I am so happy to announce that zayedlab alum Dr. Brock Harpur won the 2017 George C. Eickwort award from the North American Section of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects… wow! this is a huge deal.

The late and great Dr. George C. Eickwort was a giant in the field – please read more about his illustrious life here. My PhD supervisor (Dr. Laurence Packer) was a colleague of Dr. Eickwort, and it was always fun listening to Laurence speak about George and the Eickwortian Legends! [my favourite story is the one where Laurence, George and I think Dr. Bill Wcislo were digging up sweat bee nests in the desert and broke the water lines to the Biosphere2]

The Eickwort award is annually given to a PhD student or recent graduate that “shows the most distinguished record of research and scholarly activity in the area of social insect biology.” Needless to say, given the amazing amount of talented social insect biologists in North America, this award is super competitive.  Brock Harpur did his MSc and his PhD in the lab, and we are all just super thrilled to seem him win this award.

Congrats Brock! Amazing achievement!

Harshil wins best ‘lighting’ talk at OE3C

By , May 23, 2017

Congrats to MSc Student Harshil Patel for wining best ‘lighting’ talk at the OE3C meeting hosted by Queens University last weekend.  Harshil presented on his BeeOmics research that strives to map out the genetics of hygienic behaviour and overwintering mortality in honey bees.

Congrats H

Harshil is third from the left. [Photo Credit - Oe3C]

Congrats to Harshil (third from the left) and other winners. [Photo Credit – Oe3C]

arshil!

Amro Awarded YU President Emerging Leadership Award

By , April 10, 2017

I was very honoured to receive the President’s Emerging Research Leadership Award as YorkU’s research gala last week.

some details here

Also got to celebrate some great achievements by colleagues from the Department of Biology and Faculty of Science.

Amro (middle) with Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dr. Rob Haché (left) and YU President Mamdoh Shoukir

Amro (middle) with Vice President of Research and Innovation, Dr. Rob Haché (left) and YU President Mamdouh Shoukri

 

Good showing by the Faculty of Science at the recent YU research celebration gala

Good showing by the Faculty of Science at the recent YU research celebration gala

Amro awarded the 2016 Hewitt!

By , October 14, 2016

I am very happy to report that I was awarded the Entomological Society of Canada’s Gordon C. Hewitt Award; awarded to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to entomology in Canada within 12 years of their PhD [read the full citation in the September 2016 bulletin of the Society]. Charles Gordon Hewitt was an amazing Canadian entomologist and conservation biologist. His short and illustrious career included serving as Canada’s Dominion Entomologist, drafting Canada’s destructive insect and pest act in 1910, and aiding in the protection of Canada’s wildlife. More info on his career can be found on his wiki page.

I received the award during the recent International Congress of Entomology, held at Orlando Florida.  It was a very special experience.  Thank you ESC!

Amro

Amro receives the ESC's Hewitt Award, ICE, Orlando 2016

Amro receives the ESC’s Hewitt Award, ICE, Orlando 2016

The Entomological Society of Canada's Gordon C. Hewitt Award

The Entomological Society of Canada’s Gordon C. Hewitt Award

Erica sweeps bio undergrad awards

By , August 18, 2015

Very happy that Erica Shenfeld, who carried out her honours thesis research on Bee Genetics, won the Department of Biology’s C.W. Fowle and B. Rozario  prize, as well as the Mainguy Genetics Award.

The Fowel and Rozario prize is awarded to the most outstanding graduating student in Honours Biology as determined by the department. The award is based on grades, research potential and leadership activities within the department.

The Mainguy Genetics award is given to a 3rd or 4th year biology students who show extreme proficiency in Genetics, both in the laboratory and in the classroom.

Congrats Erica … you made us very proud!

Erica presenting her research on bee genetics at the Toronto Entomological Society, 2015

Erica presenting her research on bee genetics at the Toronto Entomological Society, 2015