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

Diedre Reitz

Diedre Reitz is a fifth-year student in Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology, and was awarded an honorable mention in the BSD teaching prize for her work in BIOS 20234, Molecular Biology of the Cell, in Autumn 2016. She was cited for going out of her way to enhance understanding, her extraordinarily helpful discussion section slides, her excitement talking about biology, her extensive knowledge of lab techniques, and her skill in communicating complex concepts.

Kevin Gleason

Kevin Gleason is a third-year student in Public Health Sciences and was awarded an honorable mention for the BSD teaching prize for his work in PBHS 32700, Biostatisical Methods, in Winter 2017. He was cited for his energy, engagement, clarity, helpfulness, availability, timeliness with grading, depth of knowledge of the material, and helpful feedback.

Justin Chew

The 2016-2017 Teaching Prize for the best performance by a BSD graduate student who is TAing in fulfillment of the Divisional Teaching Requirement was awarded to Justin Chew (Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program).

Justin Chew has just completed his PhD work and returned to Pritzker as a medical student. He receives the prize in recognition of his work as a TA in MGCB 32000, Quantitative Analysis of Cellular Dynamics, in Spring 2017. He is cited because of the very strong support from the Quatitative Analysis class, who commended him for an extraordinary job helping students understand the material; his effective lab sessions; his effort in going above and beyond to accommodate everyone in the lab section, including adapting the material to individual students’ levels; his willingness to change the format of the lab to include more introduction after taking the time to get student feedback; and his overall patience, compassion, and commitment to the students’ learning.

Heather Skeen (Committee on Evolutionary Biology) has been awarded an ARCS Foundation Illinois award for 2017-18. Her advisor is Shannon Hackett.

Christina Roman

Christina Roman (Piccirilli lab; Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics) is a 2017 HHMI Gilliam Fellow. The Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study is awarded to exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders.

DJ Speed

DJ Speed (Greenberg group; Cell and Molecular Biology) is a 2017 HHMI Gilliam Fellow. The Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study is awarded to exceptional graduate students who are committed to increasing diversity among scientific leaders.

Lindsay Montefiori

Lindsey Montefiori (Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology) has received a Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award. Her advisor is Marcelo Nobrega, MD PhD.

DJ Speed

DJ Speed (Cell and Molecular Biology) has received a Ford Foundation fellowship for 2017-18. His advisor is Jean T. Greenberg, PhD.

Joel Mercado-Diaz

Joel Mercado-Diaz (Committee on Evolutionary Biology) has received a Ford Foundation Fellowship for 2017-18. His advisor is Thorsten Lumbsch, PhD.

Jackie Lungmus

Jackie Lungmus (Integrative Biology) has received a Women in Science Graduate Fellowship from the Field Museum for 2017-18. Her advisors are Zhe Xi Luo, PhD and Ken Angielczyk, PhD.

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