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The Lloyd W. Chapin Award
Excellence in Scholarship and the Arts
September 2, 2009
The Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship is named in honor of the college's current academic dean. This award is also endowed by a generous gift from a couple with close ties to the college and who wish to remain anonymous. Its purpose is to honor individual faculty members whose scholarship or creative art have made a significant contribution to the field in which they work. The recipient receives a citation and a check.
For your steady and prolific research on turtles over the last quarter century resulting in over 80 scholarly publications;
For your edition of Biology and Conservation of Florida Turtles in 2006, which has established you as the premier expert on Florida turtles;
For receiving over fifty grants totaling over three quarters of a million dollars, many in partnership with your wife Anne B. Meylan;
For serving as the point of entry to the study of biology for generations of Eckerd students by virtue of teaching the introductory course in biodiversity;
For mentoring a long succession of biology majors who have gone on to successful careers of their own as scholars and teachers;
For balancing so skillfully the often competing demands of teaching, mentoring and research;
And for being named the first occupant of the Richard R. Hallin Endowed Professorship in Natural Sciences,
Eckerd College presents the Lloyd W. Chapin Award for Excellence in Scholarship to Peter Andre Meylan, Professor of Biology and Richard R. Hallin Professor of Natural Sciences.