Each spring semester the Botany and Microbiology Department at Ohio Wesleyan University presents various student awards for academic excellence, research, and/or service to the department. Majors within the Department are eligible for three named awards. Click on an award named below to view a description, biographical information and list of recipients:

The Burns-Shirling Award for Outstanding Achievement

In honor of former departmental professors, Dr. George Burns and Dr. Elwood Shirling, the Botany / Microbiology Department annually presents the Burns-Shirling Award. This award goes to a current junior or senior major declared in the Dept. of Botany/Microbiology who has demonstrated exemplary academic success and/or service to the department. The student will receive a certificate, a monetary gift, and have their name engraved permanently on a plaque displayed in the Botany/Microbiology Awards case.

Past recipients & background

The Esther Carpenter Award

This award is presented to a senior female major who has demonstrated excellence in research. The student will receive a certificate, a monetary gift, and have their name engraved permanently on a plaque displayed in the Botany/Microbiology Awards case.

Past recipients & background

The Decker-Ichida Award

The Decker-Ichida Award recognizes the academic excellence of a junior and a senior major declared in the Botany/Microbiology Department. The student will receive a certificate, a monetary gift, and have their name engraved permanently on a plaque displayed in the Botany/Microbiology Awards case.

Past recipients & background