Claudio Gratton, a professor in the Department of Entomology, was among 26 faculty winners of the Vilas Associates Competition. The Vilas Associates Competition recognizes new and ongoing research of the highest quality and significance. Recipients are chosen competitively by the divisional Graduate School Research Committees on the basis of a detailed proposal.
Gratton’s winning project proposal investigated the interactions of three organisms found in Iceland, including the country’s only native bumble bee species, a non-native bumble bee species, and a non-native legume. Gratton’s research discovered the legume may be harming the native bee species by increasing the non-native species. You can read more about Gratton’s work here.
The Vilas Associates Competition is open to tenure-track and tenured faculty, from the assistant professor level to professors within 20 years of their tenure date. Winners receive up to two-ninths of research salary support (including the associated fringe costs) for both summers 2017 and 2018, as well as a $12,500 flexible research fund in each of the two fiscal years. Faculty paid on an annual basis are not eligible for the summer salary support but are eligible for the flexible fund portion of this award.