Microbiology major Taylor Nye was awarded the Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award for 2015. This award is presented annually to the graduating senior who submits the best honors thesis in any of the biology concentrations. Nye did her research in MCDB Associate Professor Lyle Simmons' lab.

Also a 2015 awardee in the National Science Foundation's prestigious Graduate Fellowship Program, she will be pursuing a PhD at the University of Michigan through the PIBS program.

Her family from Benzie, Michigan was on hand for her graduation and award presentation.

The Psujek Memorial Award

Chris Psujek helped over 15,000 students during her time in biology with her knowledge, compassion, and patience – a truly incredible legacy. Undergraduates will remember her for her ability to answer just about any question that was thrown at her and graduate students will remember her from the fair and organized way she managed GSI assignments. The faculty relied on her extensively in their role as concentration advisors as well as all administrative aspects of their undergraduate teaching. In her memory, the Program in Biology has established the Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award