Posts tagged: Awards

Brock wins CSEE talk prize!

By , August 1, 2014

Congrats to Brock for winning the 3rd place award for best student talk at the Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution’s meeting in Montreal last May. Brock presented some of his PhD research on population genomics of the honey bee.

Check out CSEE’s summer bulletin for the official announcement.

Ontario funds research on pesticides and bee health

By , April 27, 2014

Happy to report that the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture is funding our research on “The effects of sublethal neonicotinoid exposure on brain state and behaviour of honey bee workers”. We will study how exposure to some common neonicotinoid pesticides affect the brain state of honey bees, and how it affects aspects of their spatial memory and immunity.

Our research was one of five projects funded by Ontario to help investigate the province’s alarming bee declines.


Bahar wins William and Marguerite Davey Award!

By , November 14, 2013

Bahar with Dr. Sam Benchimol, Chair of the Department of Biology

Congrats to Bahar Madani, currently an honour thesis student in the lab. She won the Biology Department’s William and Marguerite Davey Award for a biology student that shows that greatest promise as a researcher.  Way to go Bahar!



Brock and Nadia win awards at ESC

By , October 23, 2013

Very happy to announce that Brock Harpur was awarded the entomological society of Canada’s president award for the best student talk in insect physiology and molecular biology. Nadia Tsvetkov received the runner-up award for best talk in insect behavior and biological control. Rounding off the awards was another York U’s grad Mariya Cheryomina (supervised by Laurence Packer and Bridget Stutchbury) who received the runner up award for best poster. Congrats all!


Laurence Packer (top) with Mariya, Brock, and Nadia

Call For Bees!

By , July 9, 2013


We are looking for beekeepers to participate in a research project on the genetics of Canadian honey bee stocks funded by the Canadian Honey Council’s Bee Research Fund. If you are interested, sign up at the following website  Participation is easy! We will send you a labeled prepaid envelop with collection tubes, and you send it back to us with a few dead bees from your yard.  We are hoping to sample honey bees from coast to coast; commercial beekeepers, bee breeders, and scientists / hobbyists are welcome.

Please see for more information and to sign up.

Thanks for helping us with our project,

Amro Zayed

Nadia awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship

By , April 17, 2013

Very happy to announce that Nadia Tsvetkov was  awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for 2013.  Congrats Nadia!

Brock wins CAPA student merit award

By , January 28, 2013

Congratulation to Brock Harpur for winning the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists’ student merit award for 2013! The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the study of apiculture. More on the award here.  Also see this news post from the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association
Congrats Brock – well deserved!

Brock defends his MSc

By , August 20, 2012

Congrats to Brock for successfully defending his masters’ thesis today. Brock’s thesis was awarded with distinction (top 5%) and contained one published paper and one manuscript that is about to be submitted. Brock was very productive; he completed one published side project and several other experiments that will be written up this fall/winter.

All you bee fans out there – don’t despair! Brock is continuing his research in the lab as a PhD candidate this September.

Congrats Brock!

Brock awarded Elia Scholarship

By , May 3, 2012

Brock at the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at UC Davis, April 2012

Congrats to Brock Harpur for wining the ultra-competitive Elia Scholarship from York University.  The Elia Scholars Program is York University’s most prestigious graduate award, and Brock will use it to carry out his Doctoral research on honey bee immunity here in the lab.  Great job Brock!


Jack and the incredible GPA

By , February 2, 2012

Happy to announce that Jack Xu, who spent last summer working in the lab as a NSERC undergraduate student, just received the coveted TOP STUDENT honours for the Faculty of Science and Engineering.  Jack scored an incredible GPA 8.93 (out of 9)!  Check out the YorkU Magazine story, and the video interview.  Congrats Jack!