FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Rob Arthur (Ecology & Evolution; White/Ruvinsky labs) was awarded the Best Poster prize at the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution meeting this July.
Alan Chang (Cancer Biology, Lesniak lab) won a National Research Service Award (NRSA) F31: CCR4 in Regulatory T Cell Trafficking to Glioma.
Andrew Gehrke (Integrative Biology; Shubin lab), who is investigating Hox gene expression in vertebrate appendages, was awarded a National Science Foundation DDIG.
Joanna Mandecki (Integrative Biology; Westneat lab) is the 2013-14 Women's Board Fellow at the Field Museum of Natural History. Joanna investigates the coordination of locomotor and oculomotor systems in fishes.
Sophie McCoy (Ecology & Evolution; Pfister lab) won the Bold Award for Best Student Talk at the Phycological Society of America.
Matthew Nelsen (Evolutionary Biology; Ree lab) was the recipient of a William Rainey Harper Fellowship for 2013-2014.
Ben Rubin (Evolutionary Biology; Moreau lab) won the Brown Family Fellowship for 2013-2014 at the Field Museum of Natural History.
Jared Salisbury (Computational Neuroscience; Palmer lab) won a Chateaubriand Fellowship, a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It allows doctorate students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for 4 to 9 months. He will study at the Institut de la Vision (Paris VI, Université Pierre et Marie Curie) in Paris for 9 months.
Tom Stewart (Integrative Biology; Coates lab) is the recipient of the 2013 Tinker Field Research Grant, through the University's Center for Latin American Studies. He will use these funds to travel to Equador and develop a project on adaptive evolution in the Pimelodidae, a group of South American catfishes. He is also the recipient of the 2013 Raney Award for Ichthyology, granted by the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Tom has also recieved support from the Hinds Fund and BSD Travel Award.
Jason Torres (Molecular Metabolism & Nutrition; Cox lab) won a distinguished presentation award for an outstanding research oral presentation in genetics at the 2013 Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Annual Meeting. He also won a travel award from SACNAS to attend the meeting.
Benjamin Winger(Evolutionary Biology; Bates lab) won the Lester Armour Fellowship from the Field Museum for 2013-2014.
The 2013-2014 Steiner Travel Awards were awarded to Matthew Perisin (Microbiology) to attend a Marine Biological Labs summer course on "Strategies and Techniques for Analyzing Micrbial Population Structures," and Max Winston (Evolutionary Biology) for travel to the Amazonian basin for research on phylogeny of the army ant genus Eciton.
BSD Teaching Award Shared by Angika Basant and Buxin Chen
The 2012-2013 Teaching Prize for the best performance by a BSD graduate student who is TAing in fulfillment of the Divisional Teaching Requirement was awarded to Angika Basant and Buxin Chen. In addition, an honorable mention went to Erin Mowers.
Angika is a third-year student in Cell and Molecular Biology and receives the prize in recognition of her work as a TA in BIOS 20234, Molecular Biology of the Cell in Autumn 2012. She is cited for the very strong support from the Molecular Biology of the Cell class, who commended her for her strong understanding of the material and ability to communicate it effectively, as well as her patience with questions and willingness to help outside of class.
Buxin is a second-year student in Medical Physics who receives the prize in recognition of his work as a TA in MPHY 34900, Mathematics for Medical Physicists, in Autumn 2012. He is the first student from Medical Physics to win the prize in its 18-year history. He is cited for being an extremely dedicated and knowledgeable TA, demonstrating both a clear understanding of the breadth of the material and an ability to convey the concepts clearly.
Erin Mowers is a fourth-year student in the Interdisciplinary Scientist Training Program and was awarded an honorable mention for her work in BIOS 21339, From Structural Coordinates to Protein Function in Winter 2013. She was cited for her responsiveness to student input, her deep knowledge base, and her ability to facilitate discussions.
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, nearly 100 TA's 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!
Congratulations to our 2013 Chicago Biomedical Consortium Scholars!
Inaugurated in 2010, the CBC scholars program invites member universities to nominate up to three outstanding graduate students each year. Each CBC scholar receives a grant of $5,000 per year for up to two years for academic purposes such as travel to conferences. The purpose of the program is to develop a leadership forum for students from the CBC universities (Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of Chicago) to advance the CBC mission of fostering collaboration and excellence.
Michael Werner, graduate program in Cell and Molecular Biology, Advisor: Alex Ruthenburg
Michelle Beaton, Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition, Advisor: Kay Macleod
Congratulations to our 3rd Place Winners in the NSF Challenge!
A team of graduate students in the Ecology and Evolution and Evolutionary Biology programs took third place in the NSF Graduate Education Challenge. Team members included Sebastian Heilpern, Courtney Stepien, Benjamin Krinsky, Robert Arthur, and Colin Kyle. Their project was “Beyond the academy: Enhancing STEM education through external graduate assistanthips,” and developed a graduate assistant program creating opportunities for graduate students to serve society in a variety of non-academic settings while expanding the range of career options for STEM graduates.