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Medina Colic (mentor: Traver Hart, PhD) has been selected by the Student Scholarship Committee and the GSBS Deans to be reappointed to receive the 2020-2021 Pauline Altman-Goldstein Foundation Discovery Fellowship for the second year. This $3,500 Scholarship recognizes academic excellence as well as leadership in contributing to the community as a citizen-scientist both outside and inside the school. As you may know, Dr. Butcher was a former Dean of the GSBS, and he felt that it is vital that our students participate broadly as leaders of both science and society.

Medina was selected to receive the 2020 John J. Kopchick Fellowship, which provides financial support totaling $15,000. She is one of 8 students in the 2020 class to receive this fellowship.

Medina was selected by the GSBS Student Scholarship Committee and the GSBS Deans as one of the recipients of the 2018-2019 R.W. Butcher Student Achievement Scholarship. This $3,500 Scholarship recognizes academic excellence as well as leadership in contributing to the community as a citizen-scientist both outside and inside the school.

Medina was also awarded the 2019 Graduate Student Research Day – Poster Presentation Competition – 2nd place

Alex Davis (mentor: Nick Navin, PhD) has been selected by the Student Scholarship Committee and the GSBS Deans to receive the second year reappointment of the American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research. The $5,000 award is provided in recognition of Alex’s accomplishments and his promise as a cancer research scientist. 

Tapsi Kumar (mentor: Nick Navin, PhD ) has been selected as a recipient of the 2020-2021 Rosalie B. Hite Fellowship. This fellowship includes a full stipend as well as a travel award, and is renewable on a competitive basis for two additional years.

Frank Lenoir (mentor: Traver Hart, PhD) has been selected by the Student Scholarship Committee and the GSBS Deans to be reappointed to receive the 2020-2021 American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research for the second year.  This $5,000 award is provided in recognition of his accomplishments and promise as a cancer research scientist. The award is renewable, on a competitive basis, for a total of up to three years.

Naveen Ramesh (mentor: Nick Navin, PhD) has been selected by the Student Scholarship Committee and the GSBS Deans as one of the recipients of the 2019-2020 Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarships in Cancer Research. These $5,000 Scholarships are awarded to GSBS doctoral candidates who are doing promising, high-impact cancer research.

Naveen was also selected by the GSBS Student Scholarship Committee and the GSBS Deans as one of the recipients of the 2017-2018 T.C. Hsu Memorial Scholarship. This $5,000 Scholarship is provided by family and friends of the late Dr. T.C. Hsu, an esteemed faculty member of the GSBS who worked in the area of Cell Biology and Genetics.

Aislyn Schalck (mentor: Nick Navin, PhD) has been selected by Deans Michelle Barton and Michael Blackburn as one of the recipients of the American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research for the 2018-2019 academic year. This $5,000 award is provided in recognition of her accomplishments and her promise as a cancer research scientist.  The award is renewable, on a competitive basis, for a total of up to three years.

Sahil Seth (mentor: Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD) has been selected by the Student Scholarship Committee and the GSBS Deans as one of the recipients of the 2018-2019 Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship in Cancer Research. These $5,000 Scholarships are awarded to GSBS doctoral candidates who are doing promising, high-impact cancer research.

Sanjana Srinivasan (mentor: Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD) has been selected by the GSBS Student Scholarship Committee and the GSBS Deans as the recipient of the 2019-2020 Jesse B. Heath, Jr. Family Legacy Award. This year, this $5,000 scholarship has been designated to recognize an exceptional GSBS student whose research project is in the areas of Computational and Quantitative Biology.

Fang Xia (mentor: Xuelin Huang, PhD) has been selected by the GSBS Student Scholarship Committee and the GSBS Deans as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Jesse B Heath, Jr. Family Legacy Scholarship. This year, this $3,000 award has been designated to recognize an exceptional GSBS student whose research project is in the areas of Quantitative and Computational Biology.

Yanhong Zhou (mentor: J. Jack Lee, PhD) has been selected by the GSBS Student Scholarship Committee and the GSBS Deans as one of the recipients of the 2018-2019 Investing in Student Futures Fellowship. This $5,000 scholarship was established by Priscilla Saunders, Ph.D., in memory of her husband Grady Saunders, Ph.D., and increased by gifts of many other generous donors. It is intended to help an exceptional GSBS graduate student who is making excellent progress towards completing her/his degree and who has a bright future.