Award Recipients/Essay Winners
Pictured: Dr. William W. Taylor, Past-Chair FW, Laura Riley,
Alyson McHugh, Dr. Kunwar Rajendra, and Nathan Pfost
2000 - Lisa Herder
2001 - Laura R. Riley
2002 - Laura R. Riley
2003 - Nathan Pfost
2004 - Alyson McHugh
2005 - Valerie Alzner
2006 - Michelle Rosen
2007 - Andrew Myers
2008 - Lauren Scopel
Essay Award Winners
Since the creation of FW101L (Introduction to Fisheries and Wildlife Lab) in 2008, students in this class have had their initial outdoor laboratory experience in the Rachana Rajendra Neotropical Migrant Bird Sanctuary.
This is an eye-opening experience for many of them who are unfamiliar with the Sanctuary and the flora and fauna it sustains. At the end of their class experience, the students are asked to write a reflective essay, and many of them have written about the value of their experience visiting the Sanctuary.
They often express how they love that we have such a place at MSU, and how this helps them get closer to nature. The Rajendra Essay Award was established in 2012 to recognize students who choose to focus their reflective essay on the topic of “sanctuary,” specifically connecting this concept to their time in the Rachana Rajendra Neotropical Migrant Bird Sanctuary, and to the life of Rachana Rajendra.
2012 Essay Winner: Antonio Martinez