Our recipient of the Excellence in Scholarship Award has established a very strong research record since arriving at Towson. This award was based on a record which includes the publication of 7 journal articles, 1 book chapter and 23 conference papers in the last three years. The awardee has received 5 competitive research grants totaling over $250,000 for which he is the PI, with an additional 2 grants pending. He has given numerous invited talks at both national and international meetings.
Our recipient's scholarly excellence also enriches the learning experiences of our students, as he has integrated research into his classes and serves or has served as an outstanding mentor to 10 MS thesis students and numerous undergraduates since his arrival. Quoting from a nomination letter, "his students benefit from his active on-the-ground conservation focus by having their results applied to real world problems." He also involves community outreach in his research and in doing so raises the profile of Towson University.
His scholarship has been recognized outside Towson University by his receipt of the Paul Moler Herpetological Conservation Award this year from the Florida Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
The awardee received his B.A. degree in Zoology from Rutgers University, his M.S. in Biology from the University of Central Florida and his Ph.D. in Systematics and Ecology from the University of Kansas. It should be noted that the recipient came to Towson University to serve as the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences and so was not eligible for FCSM awards, but his nominators wanted to point out that he maintained an active research program while chair which allowed him to serve as an excellent role model. Now that he is no longer chair his scholarly efforts can be recognized by the college.
Please join me in offering congratulations to Dr. Richard Seigel from the Department of Biological Sciences.
(As presented by Associate Dean Gail Gasparich at the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Forum on November 22, 2013.)
The Jess and Mildred Fisher
College of Science and Mathematics
Smith Hall, Room 312 (campus map)