Zelnick Award

The Zelnick Award is granted annually to support the research of one or two second-year CHES graduate affiliates.

2016 Recipients

LaShanda Williams

Exploring oral microbial diversity in early 20th century European immigrants and New York City residents

This pilot research will characterize the oral microbiome of European immigrants and New York City residents who died between 1890-1920 using the Huntington collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH). 


Previous Years

2015
Fred Foster: "An integrated perspective on the functional morphology and locomotion of Miocene apes"
Didik Prasetyo: "The development of bimaturism in male orangutans: the influence of social dominance and nutritional status"

2014
Shauhin Alavi: "Nutrients in and nutrients out: diet, cognition, and nutrient cycling in orangutan habitats"
Tim Bransford: "Investigating the energetic and nutritional costs of motherhood in wild Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus wurmbii)"
Rene Studer-Halbach: "Pilot work on fossil cercopithecoids in the Ditsong National Museum"

2013
Mareike Janiak: "Inter- and intra-species differences in platyrrhine digestive enzymes"
Stan Kivai: "How do Tana River mangabeys (Cercocebus galeritus) attain ecological competence: effects of mechanical properties and nutritional quality of fallback foods"

2012
Padmini Iyer: "A pilot study of Karimojong agropastoralists of Uganda"

2011
Darcy Shapiro: "The functional anatomy of the primate ilium: implications for locomotor reconstruction in fossil taxa"

2010
Susan Coiner-Collier: "Trabecular architecture of the mandibular condyle and early hominin diet"
Pam Weis: "A Pilot investigation of taphonomic processes in the Okavango Delta, Botswana"

2009
Melanie Crisfield: "The effects of substrate consistency on modern human bipedalism"

2008
Emily Lynch: "Patrilineal relationships in a matrilineal society"

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