Alumni & Development
Sears Crowell Scholarship
Thanks to donors like you, the Sears Crowell Scholarship currently generates an income of approximately $3,600 annually. With your help, students gain hands-on experience in the field while exploring new places.
Marta Shocket, 2012 Crowell Scholar
Marta is a Ph.D. candidate in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, who studies disease ecology and evolution in Daphnia (freshwater zooplankton) as part of Spencer Hall's lab. This is the second year that she earned a Crowell Scholarship. The award enabled Marta to attend a workshop on Enhancing Linkages between Mathematics and Ecology at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Biological Station. She is a 2011 recipient of a highly prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. After earning her doctorate, Marta plans to obtain a faculty position at a university or a non-governmental organization where she will continue her research on disease ecology.
Joseph Welklin, 2012 Crowell Scholar
Joseph Welklin with his research mentor, Ellen Ketterson, at the department’s reception for graduating seniors. Photo: Courtesy of IU Department of Biology.
Joseph Welklin graduated in May 2012 with a B.S. in Biology with Honors and a minor in animal behavior. The research he did in Ellen Ketterson’s laboratory on dark-eyed Juncos was the basis for his senior Honors thesis. Joe is continuing his Junco research this summer, and will use the Crowell award to help fund his field work at the Mountain Lake Biological Station in Virginia. He was an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant during the spring 2012 semester for the L376 Biology of Birds course. His undergraduate studies were funded by a 4-year Indiana University Prestige Scholarship, an IU Incentive Grant, and an Indiana American Water Company Scholarship. After earning his doctorate, Joe would like to become a university professor and continue his research on birds.