John Phillips, professor of biological sciences in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2000, Phillips maintained continuous research funding from a variety of federal agencies including four programs at the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, Oak Ridge National Labs, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Research Council of Norway, and the Fetzer Institute.

Phillips published more than 55 scientific research papers in leading scientific journals after coming to Virginia Tech and delivered multiple invited seminars and talks at national and international institutions.

He taught a variety of courses in behavioral biology at both the undergraduate and graduate level, has trained multiple master’s and Ph.D. students, and has sponsored numerous undergraduate research students, summer interns, and post-doctoral appointees, all in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Phillips earned his bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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