McMurry University Biology Student Wins Award at Regional Meeting

  Gary Ellison
  Monday, February 16, 2015 11:13 AM
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Abilene, TX

McMurry University Biology student Mitchell Crittenden was awarded the Vernon Bailey Award recognizing the Outstanding Poster Presentation in Classical Mammalogy by an Undergraduate at the 33rd annual Texas Society of Mammalogists (TSM) meeting, held the past weekend (13-15 February 2015). 
Mitchell’s poster entitled “Clarification of the distribution of the eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus, Talpidae) on the Southern Rolling Plains region of Texas” described his summer research project collecting moles in the counties surrounding the city of Abilene.  Mitchell found that moles are more abundant in this region that previously recorded and prefer fine sandy soils. 
This project was funded by the Clark Beasley Award, which is provided by the Science and Math Advisory Board (SMAB) to students in the School of Natural & Computational Science wishing to do summer research.  Mitchell will graduate with a B.S. in Biology in May.
TSM is the preferred academic organization for Texas scientists with research interests that focus on mammals.  What makes TSM special is its focus on student research (both undergraduate and graduate research).  TSM was founded in 1981 and includes institutions from Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico.  McMurry regularly sends faculty and students to TSM.  Mitchell’s award represents the first time a McMurry student has received an award from TSM.

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