The W. D. Hamilton Award

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The W. D. Hamilton Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation will be given to a current or recent graduate student who presents an outstanding talk based on their graduate work at the annual meeting. Finalists will present their papers during a day-long symposium of Hamilton award candidate talks. The application to become a Hamilton award finalist is part of registration for the annual meeting. Applicants must check a box during registration indicating their interest for the Hamilton Award and submit an abstract. Meeting registration is now open. Early registration for Evolution 2019, to be held June 21-25 in Providence, RI, USA, closes April 15.

The most competitive talks will be those that can convey a complete story. Such talks are most likely to be given by graduate students who are close to completing their dissertations or by former graduate students who wish to present results from a dissertation defended within the past year. Talks that primarily present preliminary data or just an initial part of a dissertation are not likely to be competitive, and we strongly suggest that those students wait to compete for this award.

The winner of the award will receive $1,000 and a one-year membership to the Society for the Study of Evolution, which includes one year of access to the journal Evolution. Up to two Honorable Mentions will each receive a one-year membership to the Society for the Study of Evolution, including access to Evolution. Finalists will receive a $500 USD travel stipend to attend the 2019 Evolution meeting. Once chosen, Hamilton finalists are no longer eligible to receive any other society-sponsored travel awards to the meeting.

2019 Finalists

Aparna Agarwal, National Centre for Biological Sciences
Rebecca Batstone, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Emily Bendall, University of Kentucky
Megan Bontrager, University of California, Davis
Sarah Friedman, University of California Davis
Noah Gettle, University of Minnesota
Julia Kreiner, University of Toronto
Chris Kyriazis, UCLA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Rachel Moran, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Pavitra Muralidhar, Harvard University
Matthew Sasaki, University of Connecticut
Jaime Schwoch, Portland State University
Michelle Stitzer, University of California, Davis
Rachel Thayer, University of California, Berkeley
Sudipta Tung, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER)-Pune

Context statement: We received 109 Hamilton Award applications. The evaluation committee, co-chaired by Katy Heath and Joel McGlothlin, selected 15 finalists. Based on inferences from given names, 62.5% of Hamilton Award applicants and 73.3% of the finalists are female. The evaluation committee consisted of 3 females and 4 males.

Previous Award Recipients

Winners and runners-up listed below; winners are listed in bold text.

2018
Christopher D. Pull, Royal Holloway University of London. Advisor: Dr. Mark J. F. Brown.

Debora Goedert, Dartmouth College. Advisor: Dr. Ryan G. Calsbeek.
Karin van der Burg, Cornell University. Advisor: Dr. Robert Reed.

2017
Emily Behrman, University of Pennsylvania. Advisor: Dr. Paul Schmidt.

Jasmine Ono, Univ British Columbia. Advisor: Dr. Sally Otto.
Foen Peng, University of Washington. Advisor: Dr. H.D. 'Toby' Bradshaw.
Chathurani Ranathunge, Mississippi State. Advisor: Dr. Mark Welch.

2016
Nina Wale, Pennsylvania State University. Advisor: Dr. Andrew Read.

Amanda Gibson, Indiana University. Advisor: Dr. Curt Lively.
Jason Sardell, University of Texas at Austin. Advisor: Dr. Mark Kirkpatrick.

2015
Maude Baldwin, Harvard University. Advisor: Dr. Scott Edwards.
Sarah Fitzpatrick, Colorado State University. Advisor: Dr. Chris Funk.

Nathaniel Sharp, University of Toronto. Advisor: Dr. Aneil Agrawal.

2014
Daniel Field, Yale University. Advisor: Dr. Jacques A. Gauthier.

Benjamin Liebeskind, University of Texas, Austin. Advisors: Dr. David Hillis, Dr. Harold Zakon.
Megan Peterson, University of California, Santa Cruz. Advisor: Dr. Kathleen Kay.

2013
Emily Jacobs-Palmer, Harvard University. Advisor: Dr. Hopi Hoekstra.

Zoe Assaf, Stanford University. Advisor: Dr. Dmitri Petrov.
Matthew McGee, University of California, Davis. Advisor: Dr. Peter Wainwright.
Rebecca Satterwhite, University of Houston. Advisor: Dr. Tim Cooper.

2012
Christopher Martin, University of California, Davis. Advisor: Dr. Peter Wainwright.
Aleeza Gerstein, University of British Columbia. Advisor: Dr. Sally Otto.

Erin McCullough, University of Montana. Advisor: Dr. Doug Emlen.

2011
William Ratcliff, University of Minnesota. Advisor: Dr. R. Ford Denison.

Sarah Bodbyl Roels, University of Kansas. Advisor: Dr. John Kelly.
Christopher Oufiero, University of California at Riverside. Advisor: Dr. Theodore Garland, Jr.

2010 
Amanda Izzo, University of Michigan. Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Tibbetts.

Benjamin Blackman, Duke University. Supervisors: Dr. John Willis and Dr. Daniel Rokhsar.
Christopher Martin, University of California – Davis. Advisor: Dr. Peter Wainwright.
David Lowry, University of Texas – Austin. Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Juenger.
Ian Wang, University of California – Davis. Advisor: Dr. Brad Shaffer.


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