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2016 Department of Biological Sciences Award Winners

University Excellence Award Winners

The University Awards for Excellence recognize and encourage excellence in all forms at the academic level. Awards will be presented by President Chuck Staben and Provost and Executive Vice President John M. Wiencek on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the International Ballroom in the Bruce M. Pitman Center. Congratulations to the following Department of Biological Sciences faculty, recognized at the 2016 Excellence Awards.

Dr. James Foster Earns Title Change

Dr. James Foster is now a University Distinguished Professor. These professors have national and usually international recognition and have brought distinction to the University of Idaho through their activities. Members of the faculty who have attained the rank of Professor and have served at the University a minimum of seven years are eligible for consideration. Up to three awards will be given annually.

Dr. James Foster

Nuismer Receives Excellence Award

Dr. Scott Nuismer, professor, is the 2016 winner of The Excellence in Research and Creative Activity award. This award was established to recognize and encourage excellence in all forms of scholarly research and creative activity.

Dr. Scott Nuismer

Eva Top Wins Graduate Faculty Award

Dr. Eva Top, professor, is the 2016 winner of the Donald Crawford Graduate Faculty Mentoring Award. This award was established in 2006 to honor the efforts of graduate faculty who excel as mentors of graduate students and was named for its first recipient, Donald L. Crawford. This award is part of the Graduate and Professional Student Association’s and College of Graduate Studies’ continuing efforts to support excellent mentoring of graduate students at the University of Idaho.

Dr. Eva Top

Miura Wins Presidential Mid-Career Award

Biology faculty member, Dr. Tanya Miura, is the recipient of the 2016 Presidential Mid-Career Award. This award was established in 2011-12 to acknowledge faculty, usually during the early to middle stage of their career, who have demonstrated a commitment to outstanding scholarship, teaching and engagement. Recipients of this award will be considered as some of the University’s most gifted faculty members who continually serve as role models, a source of inspiration for students, and whose scholarship contributes to the intellectual development and lives of people in Idaho and globally.

Dr. Tanya Miura


Department of Biological Sciences

Physical Address:
Life Sciences South 252

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3051
Moscow, ID 83844-3051

Phone: 208-885-6280

Fax: 208-885-7905


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