Tiffany Paalman receives the Paul and Thea Sager Award for Excellence in Scientific Scholarship

The Paul and Thea Sager Award for Excellence in Scientific Scholarship recognizes a UW-Green Bay science or engineering undergraduate who demonstrates excellence in communicating scientific information from a classroom or extracurricular academic project. The Sager Award was created in 2009 by retired faculty members Paul and Thea Sager, in memory of Chancellor Emeritus Edward Weidner and his commitment to UW-Green Bay and the Cofrin Memorial Arboretum at the Green Bay campus. The 2022 recipient receives recognition and a monetary award of $1,405.

This year’s winner of the Sager Award is Tiffany Paalman for her paper entitled “Comparison of Polyploid Plant and Animal Lineages and their Relative Frequency.” Paalman, a Biology major from Appleton, Wis., wrote her submission as part of an independent study project mentored by Assistant Prof. Keir Wefferling, curator of the Gary A. Fewless Herbarium. In addition to her award-winning paper, she presented results from her work at the Cofrin Student Research Symposium in April 2022 (see picture attached).

More than 40 students submitted papers for this year’s competition, which was judged by Cofrin Center for Biodiversity staff and faculty in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology. The Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, which administers the Sager Award competition, congratulates all the candidates for their participation in science writing at UW-Green Bay.

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