The annual Graduate Research Symposium (GRS) is a unique educational and networking event, encouraging exchange between disciplines and bringing together students from William & Mary and regional universities. The focus of the Symposium is on the individual student and his or her research, though graduate students take the opportunity to discuss ongoing research in their fields. William & Mary A&S Students from all disciplines submit a 5-6 page paper for consideration for the Graduate Research Symposium William & Mary Student Award. It is our pleasure to announce that Christopher Weld, Applied Science Ph.D. student, is the recipient of A&S Graduate Research Symposium Excellence in Scholarship Award. All entries were judged blindly by an independent panel of William & Mary faculty and Graduate Studies Advisory Board members, and Chris' paper was selected for the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Natural & Computational Sciences. He has been invited to attend the Awards Luncheon to be acknowledged for his achievement. Congratulations Christopher!