The results of the 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition have been announced on March 31st.
Five of our students have been awarded: Anastasia Beiriger (Developmental Biology), Chris Craddock and Ashley Rich (Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology), Katherine Silliman (Evolutionary Biology), and Ayse Tenger-Trolander (Ecology and Evolution).
Five other students have received honorable mentions: Benjamin Blanchard (Evolutionary Biology), Nathan Buerkle (Neurobiology), Andrew George (Integrative Biology), Katherine Leon (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), and Matt Smith (Ecology and Evolution).
NSF received over 16,000 applications for the 2015 competition, and made 2,000 fellowship award offers.
Congratulations to the awardees and honorable mentions!
Admitted students from diverse backgrounds were invited back to campus to get to know each other, and interact with faculty and current students. The two days were full of science as well as social events, and culminated in the reception on Monday night with keynote speaker Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH, Professor of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Pediatrics and Dean for Diversity for the Division of the Biological Sciences.
Among other initiatives, BSD admitted students, as well as current students, participated in a Career Panel that included the alumni that are following a very different professional path: Adam Koch, senior scientist at Abbott Laboratories, Wen Lu, postdoc at Northwestern University, Rabiah Mayas, science director at the Museum of Science and Industry, Rada Sarac, associate professor at Purdue University Calumet, and Sean Sheridan, associate principal at Charles River Associates
Andrew Gehrke and his lab mates have finally been able to document the evolutionary adaptations necessary for ancient lobe-finned fish to transform pectoral fins used underwater into strong, bony structures.
Over 100 students and faculty convened to Chicago from around the Midwest in occasion of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Midstates Consortium for Math and Science.
On Friday night, the partecipants enjoyed a mexican buffet-style dinner in the ballroom of the Holiday Inn Downtown Chicago. Dinner was followed by two lectures by key note speakers Cathryn Nagler (UChicago Bunning Food Allergy Professor ), and Phoebe Lostroh (Colorado College professor of Molecular Biology and 2014 Janet Andersen Award Winner).
Saturday events took place in BSLC: research talks and posted presentations by the students were interspersed by occasions to mingle with fellow students, graduate students and faculty during breaks. Two panels occured after lunch, one about graduate school (lead by a panel of current graduate students) and one on careers at liberal arts institutions.
The meeting closed at 5 with final remarks by Elizabeth Grove, professor of Neuroscience and Midstates representative for our university.
myCHOICE kickoff, October 13-17, 2014
Our new myChoice program, supported by the NIH Best Award, was launched with a series of exciting talks, such us:
Joseph Moskal, Adventures in Academic Entrepreneurship and Drug Discovery
Philip Clifford, What Got You Here Won't Get You There
Kelly LeMarco, Connie Lee, Fabiola Rivas, Science Communication: From the Front
To learn more about this program, visit: mychoice.uchicago.edu
The initiative was a great success, and will be repeated next year.
To learn more and apply:
2015 Application deadline:
August 14, 2015