Joanne Westin Award: 

In 2010, the Department of Biology formally established the Joanne Westin Distinguished Graduate Student Teaching Award. The Westin Award is presented annually to a graduate student in the Department of Biology who has demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching.

The award is established in honor of Dr. Joanne Westin, a distinguished member of the faculty in the Department of Biology from 1977 to 2008.  During her tenure at CWRU, Dr. Westin taught a variety of Biology courses as well as served as a mentor for numerous graduate student teaching assistants.  Over the years, her skillful teaching and supervision has touched the lives of many in the Case Western Reserve Community.

The Westin Award signifies how much we in The Department of Biology truly value the hard work and effort our graduate student instructors dedicate to their teaching assignments.

Winner:  Ellyn Evans

Honorable Mentions: Jacqui Yarman and Amy Patterson

Best Paper Awards

1st Place: Yu Liu
2nd Place: Hyung Chul Kim
3rd Place: Aaron Yilmaz
Honorable Mention: Shaoyuan Zhu

2021 Graduate Research Symposium 

Angie Lenard, a PhD candidate in the Diamond lab, won for her talk, “Plasticity and evolution change wing melanization of the cabbage white butterfly along an urbanization gradient”.

Tristan Lewis, a graduate student in the Fortenberry lab, received an honorable mention for his talk, “Characterization of endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent processes in the occipital artery of the rat”.

A full list of presenters in this year’s and past years’ symposia can be found here: