Every year the Biological Sciences department awards prizes to outstanding students.

The purpose of the prizes is to reward excellence and commitment as well as to underscore the wide variety of skills necessary for success in science. The descriptions of the prizes together with lists of recent recipients can be found below.

Lingos Prize in Life Sciences: Awarded to a student who has demonstrated both a marked aptitude for independent research and a depth of understanding in the life sciences.

Mary White Peterson Prize in Biological Sciences: For general excellence which shall include evidence of promise, of exceptional ability to do independent work rather than on the basis of an essay or final paper.

Lucy Branch Allen Prize: Established in 1934 by an anonymous friend, in memory of Lucy Branch Allen of the Class of 1897.  The Biological Sciences Department awards this prize each year to an exceptional student of natural history.

Adelaide Niles Belyea Prize in Botany: This prize shall be awarded to an advanced undergraduate student who has exhibited general excellence in plant science.

Fiske Prize in Biology: Given in honor of Dr. Virginia Fiske who was a member of the biology department for many years.  She was a pioneer in the field of pineal endocrine research and continued to work in the research lab for more than ten years after her retirement.  She felt that this prize should recognize and encourage those outstanding students who have show a genuine interest in biology and who will be continuing their study of science or teaching in biology

Lingos Prize in Life Science

Emilie Mitten               2010
Christie Sze                2010
Jean Yau                    2009
Ashmita Banerjee     2008
Monica Fung              2008
Jenny Kendall            2008
Ruth Wang'ondu       2007
Anne Madden            2006
Kathryn Swann         2005
Sogole Moin              2005 
Andrea Hodgins-Davis  2004
Grace Y. Kim             2004
Katherine Shea        2003
Erin Savner               2003
Jennifer Mahoney    2002
Heather Keller         2002
Jeanne Hsu             2002
Stephanie Schur     2001
Jean J. Huang         2001
Leslie Bagay           2001
Erin Lund                 2000

Mary White Peterson Prize

Thanh Thu Ngo 2010
Janhavi Athale 2008
Yvonne Gruber 2007
Lydia Ho  2005 
Katie Brinkley  2004
Yamini Ohol  2002
Laura Floerke-Nashner  2001
Laurie Burlingame  1999 
Keren Witkin  1998
Alda Gonzaga  1996 
Katherine Langworthy  1995
Heather Lynne Tavernier  1994
Pauline Pei-Ling Feng  1993
Julie Green  1992
Carmen Cinniger  1990


The Lucy Branch Allen Prize


Emily Knurek  2007
Madeleine DeBlois  2004 
Jennifer Redfearn  2003 
Natasha Teutsch  2002
Allaire Diamond  2001
Jessica Griffiths  2000
Erica Wood  1999
Kristin Cmar  1998
Helen Eastwood  1998 
Kyleigh Geissler  1997 
Laura Finlay  1996 
Pavla Zakova  1995

Adelaide Niles Belyea Botany Prize

Celeste Mallama           2010
Nicole Bollinger             2010
Smadar Levy                  2009
Dorhyun Johng              2008
Hilaire Leavitt                 2006
Joy Delamide                 2005
Dafna Abelson               2002
Jennifer Hanson            2001
Sonja Funaro                 2000


Fiske Prize

Morgan Carr-Markell 2010
Jessuca Tze 2009
Susan Downer 2008
Kaitlyn Lucey 2008
Sarah Park 2008
Emily Jones 2007
Boryanana Mihalylova  
Abby Baird  2006
Courtney Boulton 2005
Jerri Chen  2005
Donna Deng 2005
Liz Storer  2004
Elizabeth Bartley 2003
Sarah Van Driesche  2003
Jennifer Dreiling  2002
Natalie Stein  2002
Kristin Hoffman  2002
Andra Dingman  2002
Hannah Galvin  2001
Shani Delaney  2001
Lisa McReynolds  2000
Noelle Paffett-Lugassy 2000
Myla Morales  2000
Johanne Auerbock  2000
Angelique Christman  2000



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Department of Biological Sciences
Science Center
Wellesley College
106 Central Street
Wellesley, MA 02481

Gary C. Harris
Professor and Department Chair
Tel: 781.283.3168 (for appointments)

Mary Helen McCollister
Administrative Assistant and Grant Coordinator
Tel: 781.283.3154

Karin Thomason
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