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

 Adrian Grzybowski

Congratulations to Adrian Grzybowski (Cell & Molecular Biology) on winning a 2016-2017 William Rainey Harper Dissertation Fellowship. Competition for the Harper Fellowship is University-wide, and only one student is chosen from the BSD. Adrian is part of Alex Ruthenburg's lab.

Monika Scholz

Congratulations to Monika Scholz for receiving the PSD Harper Dissertation Award designated for Biophysical Sciences. 

Ashley Sample

Congratulations to Ashley Sample (Cancer Biology) on her winning abstract at the 2016 Janet Rowley Research Day. She won in the Basic Science - Trainee category. Her advisor is Dr. Yu-Ying He.

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Teaching Prize Winners!  The 2014-2015 Teaching Prize for the best performance by a BSD graduate student who is TAing in fulfillment of the Divisional Teaching Requirement was awarded to Sylvia Ranjeva and Yan Wang. In addition, honorable mentions went to Anastasia BeirigerCharles DulbergerDavid Grossnickle, and Tyler Starr.

The BSD teaching prize was established in 1996 by the faculty Committee on Teaching Assistants in appreciation and recognition of the enthusiasm and effort that graduate students put into their early teaching experiences. Award of the prize is based on nominations by the students in the course taught by the TA. This year, over 100 Teaching Assistants were nominated by their students for the Teaching Prize, a tribute to the dedication of our graduate students as they take on the role of teaching assistant, and illustrating the value placed on teaching in the BSD. Congratulations to all winners!


Anastasia Beiriger

Anastasia Beiriger (Development, Regeneration, and Stem Cell Biology) received an Honorable Mention for the 2014-2015 Teaching Prize.  She was honored for her outstanding performance in Vertebrate Development, DVBI 35600, in Spring 2015. Her advisor is Dr. Victoria Prince.

Katie Block

Katie Block (Immunology) received the AAI Abstract Award, given to those who are chosen for an oral presentation at the annual meeting. Her advisor is Dr. Haochu Huang.

Alexandra Bobe

Alexandra Bobe (Metabolism and Molecular Nutrition) received an F31 Fellowship from the NIH for her project entitled “Autoimmune Diabetes: Gut Microbial Regulation in the IL10KO Mouse Model.”  Her advisor is Dr. Eugene Chang.

Kyler Brown

Kyler Brown (Computational Neuroscience) was one of The Arts, Science & Culture Initiative 2014-2015 Graduate Collaboration Grantees.  His advisor is Dr. Daniel Margoliash.

Christopher Craddock

Christopher Craddock (Cell and Molecular Biology) was awarded an HHMI Gilliam Fellowship. His advisor is Dr. Jonathan Staley.

Kate Criswell

Kate Criswell (Integrative Biology) was one of three joint awardees for this year's Patterson Memorial Travel Grant.  Her advisor is Dr. Michael Coates.

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