This year’s winners of the The Robert E. Bugbee Prize are KAYLEE CROSSEN ’19, MEGAN HAZLETT ’19, and KATHARINE HUBERT ’19.
This prize honors the gentleman who served as the chairman of the Biology Department for twenty-seven years and is given to honor students in Biology who have demonstrated the most profound level of scientific achievement as demonstrated by the senior project.
KAYLEE was a biology major and global health minor from Ashland, OH. She served on the honor committee for 3 years and was the chair her senior year. She was also a health coach for the Community Care Network. Last summer, Kaylee was a genetic counseling assistant at Akron Children’s Hospital and plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to pursue a master’s degree in genetic counseling.
MEGAN was a biology and environmental science double major who spent four years studying the fish in small first- and second-order streams in the French Creek watershed. She completed my comp entitled “Identify Potential Brook Trout (Salvelinus Fontinalis) Populations Based on Summer Temperature and Watershed Characteristics” under the supervision of Dr. Scott Wissinger and Chris Shaffer. On campus, she was the Gator Guide supervising intern in the Admissions Office as well as the Historian for Tri-Beta, the biology department honor society. Future plans: Megan will be attending SUNY ESF (State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry) in Syracuse, NY in the fall of 2019 to pursue a master’s degree in the fish and wildlife biology and management program.
KATHARINE was a biology/music double major and psychology minor. In her biology comp, she looked at the multisystemic effects of collagen mutations fruit flies. In her music comp, she created a translational system to convert English to my newly created language, American Music Language. Throughout her time at Allegheny, she was involved in several music ensembles including civic symphony, wind symphony, and percussion ensemble. She also volunteered weekly and worked with cats at the Because You Care animal shelter. In August, Katharine will be moving to Wisconsin to pursue her PhD in genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.