WDA Student Awards

BioOne Ambassador Award Competition

The WDA Student Activities Committee (SAC) is happy to announce a new collaboration with BioOne this year. The WDA is now officially part of the BioOne Ambassador Award competition. The competition recognizes early career authors dedicated to communicating the importance and impact of their research to the public. The SAC will nominate one rising scholar who significantly contributed to the Journal of Wildlife Diseases in 2019.

For more information, please click here.


Joint IAAAM- WDA Student Award

The Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) and the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine (IAAAM) jointly provide an award for the best student-authored aquatic animal paper in the previous year’s Journal of Wildlife Diseases (JWD). The scholarship has a value of $1,500 US, which can be used for fees, books, supplies, equipment and other educational expenses incurred by the winner as a student during the pursuit of their graduate degree, or to support travel to conferences.

Articles eligible for this award - The primary author MUST have been / or be, a student at the time the article was submitted for publication and MUST CURRENTLY be a member in good standing of the IAAAM or WDA. There are approximately 1-15 articles each year whose authors meet these criteria.




The WDA offers a research recognition award, two scholarship awards in addition to a number of presentation and poster awards at the annual international WDA conference. 

The aim of these awards is to recognize outstanding student research and scholarship in the field of wildlife health, to encourage student participation in the Association and attendance at our annual international conference.

Applications for the WDA Student Research Recognition Awards and Student Scholarship Achievement Awards 2021 are due Friday, February 26th, 2021.

Eligibility criteria and how to apply for one (or more) of the 2021 WDA student awards can be found here >> 

To be eligible for a presentation and / or poster award at the annual international WDA conference, please follow the guidelines for student abstracts found here >> Please submit your abstracts via the annual international WDA/EWDA conference website (#CUENCA2020) by the abstract deadline which is April 18th, 2021.

Learn more about the background to the Terry Amundson Presentation award


Questions? Contact Tiggy Grillo, Co-Chair of the WDA Student Awards Committee: tgrillo@wildlifehealthaustralia.com.au

WDA Student Award Recipients


Year Research Recognition Travel Award Terry Amundson Presentation Award                                         WDA Graduate Student Scholarship Award
Student Poster Award                                                          
2019 Chris Cleveland,
University of Georgia

and SCWDS

Anastasia Towe

Honorable Mention:
Kaylee Byers,
University of British Columbia
Viviana Gonzalez-Astudillo, University of California-Davis

Kaylee Byers, 
University Of British Columbia

Megan Moriarty

Honorable Mention:
Risa Pesapane
2018
Sarah Sapp,
University Of Georgia

Charlie Bahnson, University of Georgia

Honorable mention: Molly Martony,
University of Florida 
Samantha Allen, 
University Of Guelph, Canada

Jennifer Bloodgood, 
University Of Georgia

Kayla Kauffman, University Of Wyoming 

Honorable mention: Amanda Dolinski,
Michigan State University
2017 Viviana Gonzalez-Astudillo, the University of Queensland, Australia
Marlene Haggblade,
Davis School Of Veterinary Medicine, U Of California

Honorable Mention:
Bieneke Bron,
University Of Wisconsin - Madison
Carolyn Hodo, Texas A&M University, USA.

Charlayna Cammarata, Texas A&M University, USA

Jamie Rothenburger,
Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph

Honorable mention:
Shannon French,
Department of Pathobiology, University of Guelph

2016

Michelle Verant, University of Wisconsin-Madison (now working for National Park Service)


Kristen Davenport, Colorado State Univ

Honorable Mention:
Stuart Patterson, Royal Veterinary College, Univ of London

Krista Jones, Murdoch Univ

Jamie Rothenburger, Ontario Veterinary College, U of Guelph

Emilie Couture, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative, U of Montreal

Honorable Mention:
Amanda MacDonald, U of Guelph

2015

Stefano Liccioli, Department of Ecosystem and Public Health Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, U of Calgary

Matilde Tomaselli, U of Calgary

Honorable Mention:
Melia DeVivo, U of Wyoming
Tiffany Wolf, Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Department, U of Minnesota

Sarah Sapp, U of Georgia

Honorable Mention:
Sarah Michael, Wildbase, IVABS, Massey U

2014 Christina Hansen,
U of Alaska Fairbanks, USA
Chelsea Himsworth,
U of British Columbia, Canada

Honorable Mention: Taya Forde, U of Calgary, Canada
Chelsea Himsworth,
U of British Columbia, Canada
Emily Whitmer, U of California, Davis, USA

Honorable Mention: Nistara Randhawa, U of California, Davis, USA
2013 Morne de Wet
U of Pretoria
Albert Mercurio
U of Georgia

Honorable Mention:
Ben Stading
U of Wisconsin, Madison
Michelle Verant U of Wisconsin, Madison Annie Page-Karjian
U of Georgia

Honorable Mention:
Kristin Bondo U of Guelph
2012 Karoun Bagamian
Emory U
Heather Bryan
U of Calgary U
Barbara Shock
U of Georgia
Janie Steele
Royal Veterinary College
2011 Stacie Robinson
U of Wisconsin
Steven van Beurden
Utrecht U
Caroline Van Hemert
U of Alaska
Shamus Keeler
U of Georgia
Samantha Allen
U of Guelph
2010 Jeffery Lorch
U of Wisconsin
Taiana Costa
U of Georgia
Sara Hammer
Michigan State
Julie Ducrocq
U of Montreal
2009 Sarah Hamer
Michigan State U
Luis Cruz-Martinez
U of Minnesota
Mark Ruder
U of Georgia
Jeffrey Lorch
U of Wisconsin
2008 Valerie A. O'Brien
U Tulsa
Carlos das Neves
Norwegian School of
Veterinary Science
Nicole Gottdenker
U of Georgia
Paul Oesterle
Colorado State
2007 Shelly Lachish
U of Queensland
David R. Edmunds
U of Wyoming
Leslie Reperant
Princeton U
Johan Lindsjö
U of Saskatchewan
2006 Justin Brown
U of Georgia
Pauline Nol
Colorado State
Krysten Schuler
S. Dakota State
2005 Tammi L. Johnson
Kansas State U
Emily J. Jenkins
U of Saskatchewan
Cynthia Tate
U of Georgia
2004 Emily Jenkins
U of Saskatchewan
Michael Yabsley
U of Georgia
Justin Brown
U of Georgia
2003 Cynthia Tate
U of Georgia
Yeen Teen Hwang
U of Saskatchewan
Andrea Varela
U of Georgia
2002 Samantha Gibbs
U of Georgia
Catherine Soos
U of Saskatchewan
Michael Yabsley
U of Georgia
2001 Melissa Miller (Chechowitz)
UC Davis
Darryn Knobel
U of Pretoria &
James Lloyd-Smith
UC Berkeley
Lori Sheeler-Gordon
Texas Tech
2000 Catherine Soos
U of Saskatchewan
Lauren Ritchie
U of Florida
Mark Cunningham
U of Florida
1999 Scott Terrell
U of Florida
Todd Cornish
U of Georgia
Kimberlee Beckman
U of Alaska
1998 Walter Cook
U of Wyoming
Li-Len Cheng
U of Wisconsin
Melissa Chechowitz
UC Davis
1997 Igor Mikaelian
U of Montreal
Don Coyner
U of Florida
Susan Kutz
U of Saskatchewan
1996 Grace McLaughlin
U of Florida
Randall Singer
UC Davis
1995 Mitch Lockhart
U of Georgia
Kirk Smith
U of Georgia
1994 Kirsten Gilardi
UC Davis
Kathy Burek
U of WIsconsin
1993 Sandra Honour
U of Saskatchewan
Brita Kraabel
Colorado State &
Charlotte Quist
U of Georgia
1992 Kevin Keel
U of Georgia
Lisa White
U of Georgia
1991 Katherine List
U of Wyoming
Ronald Silflow
Washington State
1990 Not awarded Not awarded
1989 Beth Fritz
U of Wisconsin
Lynn Hayes
U of Georgia
1988 Ronald Silflow
Washington State
Diana Goldberg
U of Wisconsin
1987 Jeffrey Zuba
U of Wisconsin
Sandi Black
U of Guelph
1986 Rex Sohn
U of Wisconsin
Charles Rupprecht
Wistar Institute
1985 Lena Measures
U of Guelph
Elizabeth Howerth
U of Georgia
1984 Anne Fairbrother
U of Wisconsin
Tonie Rocke
U of Wisconsin
1983 Mark Drew
U of Alberta
Lena Measures
U of Guelph
1982 Edwin Jones
Virginia Polytech Institute
Tonie Rocke
U of Wisconsin &
Anne Fairbrother
U of Wisconsin
1981 Margo Pybus
U of Alberta &
Thomas Scott
Penn State U
Unknown
1980 Not awarded Cheryl Bartlett
U of Guelph
1979 Robert Swanson
Cornell U &
Terry Amundson
U of Wisconsin &
Joseph Conti
U of Florida &
Donald Davis
Texas A & M
Terry Amundson
U of Wisconsin
1978 Ann Kier
U of Missouri
Terry Amundson
U of Wisconsin
1977 Bradley Hicks
U of Guelph
1976 Morley Barrett
U of Alberta
1975 Richard J. Cawthorn
U of Guelph