Student Honors & Awards

We are very proud of the accomplishments of our graduate students.  BSD students have an excellent record of obtaining competitive fellowships, receiving national awards for their research, and publishing findings that move their fields forward.  The most recent student accomplishments are shown below.

Recent Student Accomplishments

Fernando Valbuena

Fernando Valbuena (Cell and Molecular Biology) is a 2021 HHMI Gilliam Fellow, The Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study is awarded to exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders. His advisor is Benjamin Glick.

Matthew McDonough named 2021 Gilliam Fellow

Matthew McDonough (Cell and Molecular Biology) is a 2021 HHMI Gilliam Fellow, The Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study is awarded to exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders. His advisor is Jonathan Staley.

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Juan Manuel Vazquez, PhD Human Genetics 2020, has received a BSD Diversity Committee (BDC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legacy Award that recognizes sustained efforts by trainees in the DEI space over several years. Manny is a past president of UChicago SACNAS, and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley.

The impact of the awardees' diversity and inclusion work on the University of Chicago, the greater Chicago community, and the larger field of biology is highly significant. Awardees will be honored at a congratulatory ceremony and lunch to be held later this summer.

DJ Speed headshot

DJ Speed (Cell and Molecular Biology) has received a BSD Diversity Committee (BDC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legacy Award that recognizes sustained efforts by trainees in the DEI space over several years. 

The impact of the awardees' diversity and inclusion work on the University of Chicago, the greater Chicago community, and the larger field of biology is highly significant. Awardees will be honored at a congratulatory ceremony and lunch to be held later this summer

Mathew Perez-Neut headshot

Mathew Perez-Neut (Cancer Biology) has received a BSD Diversity Committee (BDC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legacy Award that recognizes sustained efforts by trainees in the DEI space over several years. Mat is one of the founders of GRIT, (the Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team). 

The impact of the awardees' diversity and inclusion work on the University of Chicago, the greater Chicago community, and the larger field of biology is highly significant. Awardees will be honored at a congratulatory ceremony and lunch to be held later this summer.

Christina Roman

Christina Roman (Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics) has received a BSD Diversity Committee (BDC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award. Christina also received a DEI Legacy Award to recognize sustained efforts by trainees like Tina in the DEI space over several years. Christina is one of the founders of GRIT, (the Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team) and a past president of UChicago SACNAS.

The impact of the awardees' diversity and inclusion work on the University of Chicago, the greater Chicago community, and the larger field of biology is highly significant. Awardees will be honored at a congratulatory ceremony and lunch to be held later this summer.

Elaine Kouame

Elaine Kouame (Immunology) has received a BSD Diversity Comittee (BDC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award. Elaine also received a DEI Legacy Award to recognize sustained efforts by trainees like Elaine in the DEI space over several years. Elaine is one of the founders of Black in Immuno

The impact of the awardees' diversity and inclusion work on the University of Chicago, the greater Chicago community, and the larger field of biology is highly significant. Awardees will be honored at a congratulatory ceremony and lunch to be held later this summer.

Cody Hernandez

Cody Hernandez (Cell and Molecular Biology) has received a BSD Diversity Committee (BDC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award. Cody also received a DEI Legacy Award to recognize sustained efforts by trainees like Cody in the DEI space over several years. Cody is one of the founders of GRIT, (the Graduate Recruitment Initiative Team). 

The impact of the awardees' diversity and inclusion work on the University of Chicago, the greater Chicago community, and the larger field of biology is highly significant. Awardees will be honored at a congratulatory ceremony and lunch to be held later this summer.

Juan Apiz-Saab

Juan Apiz-Saab (Cancer Biology) has received a BSD Diversity Committee (BDC) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award from the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center.  The impact of the awardees' diversity and inclusion work on the University of Chicago, the greater Chicago community, and the larger field of biology is highly significant. Awardees will be honored at a congratulatory ceremony and lunch to be held later this summer.

Santiago Acero Bedoya

Santiago Acero Bedoya (Cancer Biology) was named a 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (NSF GRFP). 

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