Graduate student Cara Faillace recently received two 2017 awards from the Graduate School New Brunswick. Cara’s 2017 Dean’s Research Award reflects her outstanding research accomplishments, including recent high-profile first-authored publications in Nature Ecology & Evolution and Ecology Letters. In particular, Cara’s Nature Ecology & Evolution article was featured in a “News and Views” piece in the first issue of Nature Ecology & Evolution and has received attention from a number of online news outlets, including Rutgers Today and Eurekalert!, the news website of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Cara’s 2017 Graduate Student Teaching Award reflects her excellence as a Teaching Assistant in a number of ecology classes and as the sole instructor of her own original class titled “Seminar in Invasion Ecology”. Cara independently developed this upper-division course for undergraduate majors with the support of a 2015 Dissertation Teaching Award. Cara is the first graduate student in the Graduate Program of Ecology and Evolution to receive all three graduate student awards offered by the Graduate School New Brunswick.