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2019 Graduate & Post Doc Awards

2019 Graduate Student Awards

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Given to a student who has excelled in scholarship, research and teaching activities during his or her career in this department. Candidates should be graduate students in their final year of study.

Awardee:  Geoffrey Severin (Mentor - Dr. Christopher Waters)

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Given to a student for exceptional performance as a graduate teaching assistant during his or her graduate program.

Awardee:  Anastasiya Lavell (Mentor - Dr. Christoph Benning)

Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award

Presented to a student who has excelled in research during his or her career. (Candidates should be graduate students who have successfully passed their prelim examination)

Awardee: Bryan Leong (Mentor - Dr. Robert Last)

Jack Throck Watson Graduate Fellowship

Former students and colleagues of Dr. Jack Throck Watson, Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry, have established the graduate fellowship to honor their teacher, mentor, friend, and colleague. Awards will be made to graduate students.

Awardee: Jason Schrad (Mentor - Dr. Kristin Parent)

Dr. Richard U. and Claire M. Byerrum Fellowship

Mrs. Claire Byerrum has established the Dr. Richard U. and Claire M. Byerrum Endowed Fellowship to aid the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in attracting or retaining outstanding graduate students.

Awardee: Joel Rankin (Mentor - Dr. Robert Hausinger)

2019 Post Doc Awards

Postdoctoral Independent Career Potential Award

This award is open to any postdoctoral researcher working in a BMB faculty member's laboratory. (Postdoctoral researcher is defined as an individual being within 5 years of their PhD being granted. Research Assistant Professors are also eligible if within 5 years of their Ph.D.) The award will recognize outstanding postdoctoral progress towards developing an independent scientific career as an academic PI or industrial scientist. Evidence of such progress may include a significant record of peerreviewed publications and extramural talks, attaining a competitively reviewed postdoctoral fellowship or other honor/award from an extramural agency, establishing a clear set of research aims for future work as an independent scientist, and laying the groundwork for that research (via collaborations and preliminary results) while at MSU.

Awardee: Dr. Rance Nault (Mentor - Dr. David Arnosti)