Thomas Henry Huxley Award

The SSE Education Committee is pleased to announce the T. H. Huxley award, named in honor of Darwin's very public supporter T.H. Huxley, which recognizes and promotes the development of high quality evolution education resources. If you have an interesting project or educational activity to share, consider applying for this award. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to apply. This award provides funding for an SSE member to present evolution education resources at the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT: annual conference. This year’s NABT conference will be held Nov. 14-17, 2019 in Chicago, IL.

Proposals are evaluated on their evolution content, transferability or adoptability, and accessibility (for example, does not require specialized equipment, or is not limited to a particular location). Activities must be field tested with students. Field testing and collaborations with other instructors are encouraged. Finalists will be asked to provide a letter of support from a collaborator or PI.

To apply for the Huxley Award, please fill out the following form by March 24, 2019:

To receive the award, you must be an SSE member. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to apply. The award includes travel, registration and hotel expenses to present at NABT, and an SSE membership for graduate students and postdocs.

Questions about the award? Contact Phil Gibson (jpgibson "at" or Gaby Hamerlinck (ghamerlinck"at"


Previous Winners

2018 awardee

Katie Grogan and colleagues Teresa W. Lee and Justine Liepkalns
Emory University
Making evolution stick: using sticky notes to teach the mechanisms of evolutionary change

Read the paper describing the activity here:

2017 awardee

Laura Bankers with Kyle McElroy, Joseph Jalinsky, James Woodell, Claire Adrian-Tucci, Katelyn Larkin, Robert Todd, Jorge Moreno, Dr. Emily Schoerning, and Dr. Maurine Neiman
National Center for Science Education Booster Clubs
Project website

2016 awardees
Amanda Gibson and Ariel Marcy 

Amanda Gibson, Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Department of Biology, Indiana University
Designed a hands-on game that requires students to collaborate to generate data and test predictions of the Red Queen Hypothesis.

Ariel Marcy - University of Queensland
Created Go Extinct! Players become zoologists competing to collect color –coded sets of closely related animal cards.

2015 awardee
Dr. Phil Gibson 
University of Oklahoma
How To Use Tree Thinking To Teach Plant Diversity and Evolution

2014 awardee
Dr. Jonathan Atwell,
Indiana University
Say Hello to the Junco! Teaching Evolution, Behavior, Genetics, and the Scientific Process with a Common Backyard Bird!

2013 awardee
Dr. William Ratcliff 
Georgia Tech
Yeast Experiment Hints at a Faster Evolution From Single Cells
Information on the awarded work: [1] [2] [3]

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