Junior Named Goldwater Scholar for Work in Biology

Junior Named Goldwater Scholar for Academics, Research on Ants, Orchids

Sebastian Scofield, a junior biology major from Hillsboro, Ore., was recently named a 2013 Goldwater Scholar for his academic record, service to UD and undergraduate research accomplishments. Only four other UD students have received the honor in the last 20 years--Elizabeth Reisinger '93, Sean Walbran '94, Carol Gee '99 and Anna Marie DeLaRosa '12.

"Sebastian has tremendous intellect and field research skills, and I have seen him develop these further at UD with every experience," said Marcy Brown Marsden, chair and associate professor of biology. "From studying unknown species of ants in Costa Rica, to censusing orchids in Texas, to teaching himself computer-based mapping he has accomplished much in a short time, and it is great to see him recognized for it."

Scofield has completed two significant research projects at UD: one in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, and one in Irving. In Costa Rica, Scofield studied ant and butterfly species diversity to determine the progress of a reforestation project.

In Irving, he studied Hexalectris myco-heterotrophic orchids, investigating the relationship between orchid population and annual rainfall and between orchid locations and soil or geological characteristics. Both projects were completed under the guidance of Brown Marsden.

"I am especially grateful to my parents for encouraging me to follow my passion, even if that passion was ants," said Scofield, "and to Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden, for being such a wonderful mentor and helping me to accomplish everything I have with my research."

As for Scofield's plans for the future, they include earning a doctorate in evolutionary ecology, and then teaching and conducting research at the university level. Scofield plans to focus his research on insects who display a high level of social organization, like ants, bees and wasps.

The national award, which was given this year to only 300 students nationwide, is named after U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater in honor of his years of service to the U.S. and his interest in science and technology. Each Goldwater Scholar receives a scholarship that covers tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

PHOTO: Scofield investigates a termite nest in Costa Rica.

News

UD Welcomes New Generation of Crusader Alumni

Outdoor chairs filled up quickly as droves of graduates, professors, families and friends arrived on the Braniff Mall the morning of Sunday, May 12, to participate in the 59th annual Spring Commencement Ceremony in honor of UD’s new generation of Crusader alumni.

+ Read More

Board of Trustees Names John G. Plotts as Interim President

The University of Dallas Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Executive Vice President John G. Plotts, Ed.D., as interim president of the university. Plotts joined the university in December of 2008, initially serving in the roles of associate provost and dean of undergraduate admissions.

+ Read More

Professor of English Eileen Gregory, PhD, Named 2018 Piper Professor

"That's what our teaching, and all our talk about the reflective life, boils down to -- efforts to keep brilliance in our hearts, to remember the lightness that is native to our spirit," said 2018 Piper Professor Eileen Gregory, Ph.D, professor of English. The Piper Award honors 10 professors annually in Texas colleges and universities for outstanding achievements in their profession and is widely regarded as the most prestigious award of its kind in the state.

+ Read More