Thomas Henry Huxley Award

This award, named in honor of Darwin's very public supporter T. H. Huxley, was established in 2013 to recognize outreach and education achievement for early and mid career scientists. Winners of this award are provided with support to present on behalf of the Society for the Study of Evolution at the annual meeting of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT). Annual calls for nomination will be advertised on the SSE web site and through appropriate Evolutionary Biology web sources such as EVOLDIR in late January/early February.


The SSE Education and Outreach Committee is pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 T.H. Huxley Award, Dr. Katie Grogan and colleagues Dr. Teresa W. Lee and Dr. Justine Liepkalns, who developed an educational activity for teaching evolutionary mechanisms. In the activity, students use a population of sticky notes to reveal the consequences of natural selection, genetic drift, and gene flow on phenotype frequency.

The authors write: “By completing this activity, we hope students will gain a solid foundation of evolutionary principles and be empowered for further explorations in biology. Activities like ours are important because understanding evolution is critical for scientific literacy and continued persistence into STEM majors and careers.”

Read the paper describing the activity here:


Previous Winners

2017 awardee 

Laura Bankers with Kyle McElroy, Joseph Jalinsky, James Woodell, Claire Adrian-Tucci, Katelyn Larkin, Robert Todd, Jorge Moreno, Dr. Emily Schoerning, and Dr. Maurine Neiman
National Center for Science Education Booster Clubs
Project website

2016 awardees
Amanda Gibson and Ariel Marcy 

Amanda Gibson, Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Department of Biology, Indiana University
Designed a hands-on game that requires students to collaborate to generate data and test predictions of the Red Queen Hypothesis.

Ariel Marcy - University of Queensland
Created Go Extinct! Players become zoologists competing to collect color –coded sets of closely related animal cards.

2015 awardee
Dr. Phil Gibson 
University of Oklahoma
How To Use Tree Thinking To Teach Plant Diversity and Evolution

2014 awardee
Dr. Jonathan Atwell,
Indiana University
Say Hello to the Junco! Teaching Evolution, Behavior, Genetics, and the Scientific Process with a Common Backyard Bird!

2013 awardee
Dr. William Ratcliff 
Georgia Tech
Yeast Experiment Hints at a Faster Evolution From Single Cells
Information on the awarded work: [1] [2] [3]

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