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 annouce that Sofya Zaytseva, Applied Science Ph.D. student, is 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 Sofya's paper titled "Analysis of oyster reef patterns in remotely sensed data," was selected for the Award for Excellence in Scholarship in the Natural and Computational Science. She has been invited to attend the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 16th to be acknowledged for her achievement. Congratulations, Sofya!