Daniel Haller ’22 Receives the Spring 2022 Richard L. Blanton Outstanding Capstone Award

Academic and Student Affairs News

Daniel Haller ’22 is one of six talented students in the University Honors and Scholars Program who recently received the spring 2022 Richard L. Blanton Outstanding Capstone award.

A group of six students who won the Richard Blanton Award
Left to right: Allison Walker, Jack Martinez, Holly Levett, Daniel Haller ’22, Graham Buhrman, Victoria Augoustides

Each year, the staff of the University Honors and Scholars Program is honored to select a student to receive the Richard L. Blanton Outstanding Capstone award. 

The Richard L. Blanton Outstanding Capstone Award recognizes exceptional work by University Honors Program students and encourages the highest levels of undergraduate scholarship and research at NC State. The award honors Richard L. Blanton, who served as the first permanent director of the University Honors Program and is currently a professor of plant and microbial biology and director of graduate programs in plant biology.

Nominations for the award are initiated by the student’s capstone mentor, who submits a letter that evaluates the capstone on the following criteria:

  • The self-directed and independent nature of the research
  • The importance and impact of the project
  • The originality and creativity of the work
  • The quality of the scholarship
  • Any other factors which denote excellence in research

For spring 2022, the Richard L. Blanton Award has been bestowed upon six students with very different research interests and creative pursuits: Victoria Augoustides, Graham Buhrman, Daniell Haller ’22, Holly Levett, Jack Martinez, and Allison Walker. Read about all of these students and their capstones »

Daniel Haller ’22 was nominated by Nathan Crook, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, for his Capstone project entitled “Inducible Directed Evolution (IDE) of Complex Phenotypes in Bacteria.” After graduation, Daniel will pursue a Ph.D. in systems, synthetic and physical biology at Rice University, supported by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

The UHSP faculty and staff are very proud of the amazing work all six students have completed to make new contributions to their chosen field of study and are looking forward to hearing more about the amazing impact they have in their next steps after graduation.

This is an excerpt of an article originally published by the Division of Academic and Student Affairs.