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ASU Biology Grad Student Wins Research Award

April 25, 2011

Jason Strickland, a graduate student in the Angelo State University Department of Biology, received the Wilks Award for best student research presentation at the 58th annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Naturalists April 21-23 at the University of Texas at Tyler.

The Wilks Award includes a $1,000 honorarium. Strickland won for his research project “Phylogeography of the Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus, Determined by AFLP and Venom Protein Profiles.” His ASU faculty mentors were Drs. Loren Ammerman and Kelly McCoy of the Biology Department and Dr. John Osterhout of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

A Seminole native, Strickland was the 2009 ASU Presidential Award Winner as the top student in his class when he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in biology. He previously won awards for his graduate research at the 2011 Texas Academy of Science (TAS) Conference, and for undergraduate research presentations at the 2009 TAS Conference and 2008 Regional Conference of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society. He has received a Carr Research Scholarship and two external grants to fund his research.

The Southwestern Association of Naturalists was founded in 1953 to promote the field study of plants and animals, both living and fossil, in the southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America, and to aid in the scientific activities of its members. The association publishes The Southwestern Naturalist, and membership is open to all persons interested in natural history. Dr. Robert Dowler of the ASU Biology Department is the president-elect and Dr. Loren Ammerman serves on the Board of Governors.