FALL 2018

Special 2018 Student Awards

The Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Paper for 2018

Given annually since 2008 to recognize outstanding research and writing done by a current PhD candidate who has a manuscript accepted or published in a peer-reviewed journal. This year’s winner was acknowledged at the spring graduation ceremony and received a check for $3,000.

ANNA M. BIRKENBACH (advisor Martin Smith)
“Catch Shares Slow the Race to Fish,” Nature, (Birkenbach, Kaczan, Smith, April 13, 2017)
PhD candidate, University Program in Environmental Policy (UPEP), Duke University


Forever Duke Student Leadership Award

Each year the Duke Alumni Association (DAA) recognizes graduating students (from any school or program) who embody the “Forever Duke” spirit in their service to the university. These students have gone above and beyond to give back to the Duke community during their time on campus.

SYDNEY FISHMAN of Chicago, Ill, MEM
LISA REMLINGER of Seattle, Wash., DEL-MEM
ERIC SMITH of Oakland, Calif., MF/MBA


Marine Science + Conservation Award

Awarded annually to an outstanding student in recognition of excellence in scholarship, research and citizenship

CLARA BIRD of Royal Oak, Mich.; BS, Environmental Sciences; B.S., Biology; Rachel Carson Scholar


Sara LaBoskey Award

Awarded annually in recognition of personal integrity and academic excellence.

STEPHANIE VON UNGERN STERNBERG PRUFER of São Paulo, Brazil; BA, Environmental Sciences & Policy, Graduation with Distinction; BS, Biology; Rachel Carson Scholar


Thomas V. Laska Memorial Award

Awarded annually in recognition of most outstanding achievement in the earth and ocean sciences

LUCILA HOUTTUIJN BLOEMENDAAL of Houston, Texas; BS, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Graduation with Distinction


Virlis L. Fischer Award

Goes to the graduating professional degree student with the highest academic achievement. Given by Bernice Fisher in memory of her husband.

SYDNEY NICOLE FISHMAN of Chicago, Ill., MEM, Coastal Environmental Management
GREGORY HAYDEN GAUSEWITZ of Seattle, Wash., DEL-MEM