Departmental Graduate and Post Doc 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.

Year Awardee Mentor
2017 Sebastian Raschka Leslie Kuhn
2016 Rance Nault Tim Zacharewski
2015 Mark Faruggia Robert Hausinger
2014 Fei Li Shelagh Ferguson-Miller
2013 Youssef Kousa Brian Schutte
2012 Nitin Raj Bill Henry
2012 Adam Cornish Eric Hegg
2011 Jodi Boer Bob Hausinger
2010 Eric Moellering Christoph Benning
2009 Michael Ruckle  
2009 Jana Simmons  

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

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

Year Awardee Mentor
2017 Han Nguyen Bruce Uhal
2016 Natalia Hubbs Kirsten Parent
2015 Sandra Olenic Lee Kroos
2014 Eric Poliner David Arnosti
2011 Alison Gjidoda Bill Henry
2010 Yi Zheng Michael Garavito
2009 Emily Harper  
2008 Anna Kopec Tim Zacharewski

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)

 

Year Awardee Mentor
2017 Kun "Kenny" Wang Christoph Benning
2016 Yiliang Wei David Arnosti
2016 Anthony Parenti Amy Ralston
2015 Ronghui Pan Jianping Hu
2014 Disha Srivastava Chris Waters
2013 Mark Farrugia Bob Hausinger
2012 Zhen “Jenny” Wang Christoph Benning
2012 Ziru “James” Li Tom Sharkey
2011 Marcos Oliveira Laurie Kaguni
2010 Fei Zheng Hongbing Wang
2009 Hoo Sun Chung
2008 Leron Katsir Gregg Howe
2008 James Johnson Charles Hoogstraten

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.

Year Awardee Mentor
2017 Daniel Lybrand Robert Last
2016 Alyssa Preiser Tom Sharkey
2015 Jie Li Susanne Hoffmann-Benning
2012 Fei Li Shelagh Ferguson-Miller

Dr. Richard U. and Claire M. Byeerum 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.

Year Awardee Mentor
2017 Peter Dornbos John LaPres
2016 Daniel Parrell Lee Kroos

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.

Year Awardee Mentor
2017 Gaurav Moghe Robert Last
2016 Pengxiang Fan Robert Last
2016 Sarathi Wijetilleke Tom Sharkey
2015 Ruthie Angelovici Dean DellaPenna
2014 Parimal Kar Michael Feig
2012 Rebecca Roston Christoph Benning
2009 Anthony Schilmiller Robert Last