The Student Hottest Paper Award is presented annually to a UTM Biology Graduate Student or Postdoctoral Fellow who published the “hottest” paper in the preceding calendar year.
The criteria for the award are as follows:
The paper must be a peer-reviewed published article presenting original work (e.g., new data and results, equations/theories, resources or methods).
The author must have taken a leading role in the published work either as first author or co-first author.
The majority of the research in the paper must have been conducted while the author was in UTM Biology. Present and former students and postdocs are both eligible to win the award so long as their paper was published in the preceding year.
The winner, plus two runner-ups, will be selected by a committee that represents the breadth of research interests in the department. The prize will be a cash-prize plus a name on a plaque that will be displayed in the public display area at UTM Biology.
Winner of the 2023 Hottest Paper Award
2021 Runner Up: Celina Baines Parasitism risk and infection alter host dispersal
2019 Connor Fitzpatrick (Assembly and ecological function of the root microbiome across angiosperm plant species)
2016 - Christine Chang (Elevated temperature and CO2 stimulate late-season photosynthesis but impair cold hardening in pine)
2015 - Neel Mehta, Arthur Cheng and Lucia Mendoza-Viveros (GRK2 fine-tunes circadian clock speed and entrainment via transcriptional and post-translational control of PERIOD proteins)
2014 Winner - Charlotte de Araujo (Identification and characterization of a carboxysomal gamma-carbonic anhydrase form the cyanobacterium Nostoc sp. PCC 7120)
2014 Runner Up - Martin Turcotte (former PDF, Johnson Lab) and Nash Turley (former PhD candidate, Johnson Lab) (The impact of domestication on resistance to two generalist herbivores across 29 independent domestication events)
2013 - Joshua Krupp (Pigment-dispersing factor modulates pheromone production in clock cells that influence mating in Drosophila - Neuron)
2012 - Jonathan Schneider (Social structures depend on innate determinants and chemosensory processing in Drosophila - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)
2011 - Lucas Parreiras (Cellular effects and epistasis among three determinants of adaptation in experimental populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae - Eukaryotic Cell)