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Foresters earn top awards at Animal Behavior Society conference

Raneem Samman and Iman Shepard holding certificates Raneem Samman ’24 and Iman Shepard ’23
August 25, 2023
Linda Blaser

Barbosa Lab students attended the 2023 Annual Meeting of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) in Portland, Oregon with Iman Shepard ’23 receiving the Genesis Award for best undergraduate poster while Raneem Samman ’24 was selected a Turner Award Fellow.

Associate Professor of Biology Flavia Barbosa accompanied the students to the international conference in July and applauds their success. 

“These are prestigious awards, as ABS is an international professional society. This illustrates our biology department’s excellence in undergraduate research,” she said.

Samman is double majoring in neuroscience and data science with a concentration in computer science while also minoring in gender studies. A student-athlete while at the College, Shepard majored in biology, double minored in chemistry and English, and played hockey and soccer. She is currently applying to physician assistant programs.

ABS is an international scientific society that is dedicated to promoting and advancing the scientific study of animal behavior. Founded in 1964, the organization publishes the scientific journal Animal Behavior.

Barbosa Lab members at ABS meeting

Associate Professor of Biology Flavia Barbosa (from left), Raneem Samman ’24, Katina Lucas ’25, Dariana Gomez ’22 (currently a PhD student at Saint Louis University) and Iman Shepard ’23.

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