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Graduate Awards and Fellowships

BCMB Graduate Student Awards Applicants: 

Each year, the BCMB department recognizes outstanding graduate students who have excelled in research and teaching. The following awards are given in May. Applications are due by 9 March 2018.  The application materials can be delivered to the BCMB office (M407 Walters Life Sciences Bldg.) or emailed to Lori Daniels (lori.daniels@utk.edu).

Biochemistry Alumni Graduate Assistant Award ($1,000)

This award was established by a former faculty member and department head of the Biochemistry Department, Ken Monty. This award is given annually to a BCMB graduate student that shows excellence both in research scholarship as well as in teaching activities. The application for this award should include: a statement summarizing both research and teaching activities and accomplishments, two letters of recommendation from faculty or instructors that also comment on research as well as teaching accomplishments, and the student’s CV.

2018Rosela GolloshiRachel McCord Lab
2017Jessica GullettGladys Alexandre Lab
2016Randy LaceyBrad Binder Lab
2015Kristen HolbrookBarry Bruce Lab

Dr. Ray Holton Plant Science Award ($2000)

This award recognizes a PhD student working in the plant sciences area who demonstrates excellence in scholarship and research. The application for this award should include a letter indicating interest in and accomplishments demonstrating worthiness for receipt of the award.  It should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the mentor as well as one from an additional committee member, and the student’s CV.

The Holton Award is available to students from other units conducting research in the Plant Sciences.

2018Ramya EngantiAlbrecht von Arnim Lab
2017Pawel KosentkaElena Shpak Lab
2016Ben ErnestAlbrecht von Arnim Lab
2015Arkadipta BakshiBrad Binder Lab
2014Kristen HolbrookBarry Bruce Lab
2013Ansul LokdarshiDan Roberts Lab
2012Rebecca WilsonBrad Binder Lab
2011Ansul LokdarshiDan Roberts Lab
2010Stephanie MadisonAndreas Nebenführ Lab
2009Justin VaughanAlbrecht von Arnim Lab

Robert and Nell Keenan Bioscience Fellowship ($1000):

This award recognizes a graduate student pursuing a major in BCMB. The Keenan’s wished to promote biological science studies. This fellowship will serve as an add-on to the student’s graduate stipend and is awarded to a graduate student after their second year of studies and not graduating before December 2018. This money will be received through the Financial Aid Office. The BCMB student needs to show excellence in academic endeavor, productive research scholarship, and outstanding professional promise.  The student shall have demonstrated academic excellence with a 3.5 GPA or above and must maintain this GPA to retain the fellowship. Preference is to be given to students from Davidson, Warren or Williamson County, Tennessee.  The applicant will need to submit a letter summarizing their accomplishments in these areas, a CV, two letters of support from faculty recommenders, and proof of current GPA.   

2018Lindsey O’NealGladys Alexandre Lab
2017Lindsey O’NealGladys Alexandre Lab
2016Haden ScottFrancisco Barrera Lab
2015Joanna CooperRebecca Prosser Lab

Dr. Cynthia B. Peterson Fellowship ($1,000)

Recognizes a graduate student pursuing a major in BCMB. This fellowship will serve as an add-on to the student’s graduate stipend and is awarded to a graduate student after their second year of studies and not graduating before December 2018. This money will be received through the Financial Aid Office. The BCMB student needs to show excellence in academic endeavor, productive research scholarship, and outstanding professional promise.  The student shall have demonstrated academic excellence with a 3.5 GPA or above and must maintain this GPA to retain the fellowship. The applicant will need to submit a letter summarizing their accomplishments in these areas, a CV, and two letters of support from faculty recommenders and proof of current GPA.

2018Vanessa NguyenFran Barrera Lab
2017Joanna CooperRebecca Prosser Lab

W. Sherman Kouns Excellence in Teaching Award ($1000)

This award honors an outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in the BCMB department who demonstrates a commitment to teaching and a distinguished record in this role.  The application for this award should include a letter indicating interest in and accomplishments demonstrating worthiness for receipt of this award.  It should include teaching evaluations and letters of recommendation from two different faculty for whom the applicant has served as a teaching assistant, and the student’s CV.

2018Zach BeamerDan Roberts Lab
2017Jyotirmoy MondalBarry Bruce Lab
2016Craig ConnerDan Roberts Lab
2015Letitia PusterCynthia Peterson Lab
2014Stephanie Madison and Letitia PusterAndreas Nebenführ and Cynthia Peterson Lab
2013Shih-Jui HsuMariano Labrador Lab
2011Pintu MassalkarDan Roberts Lab
2010Ansul LokdarshiDan Roberts Lab
2009Sumit GoswamiCynthia Peterson Lab

James and Dora Wright Fellowship ($1000)

This fellowship recognizes a graduate student in the BCMB program who demonstrates leadership and excellence in scholarship and research. This money will be received through the Financial Aid Office. The application for this award should include a letter indicating interest in and accomplishments demonstrating worthiness for receipt of the award. It should be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the mentor as well as one from an additional committee member, and the student’s CV. James and Dora Wright Fellowship recipients include:

2018PrashastiEngin Serpersu Lab
2017Haden ScottFrancisco Barrera Lab
2016Sudershana NairJae Park Lab
2015Xiaomin JingEngin Serpersu Lab
2014Purva Bhojane and Jianzhuang YaoLiz Howell and Hong Guo Lab
2012Randy LaceyBrad Binder Lab
2011Shaofei ZhangMariano Labrador Lab
2010Sumit GoswamiCynthia Peterson Lab
2009Adrianne NorrisEngin Serpersu Lab

David and Becky Eaker Graduate Student Award ($1000)

This award was established by the children of David and Becky Eaker to support a graduate student’s professional development. The graduate student should submit no more than one page on how this award will advance their professional development. In addition, they need a recommendation letter form their faculty member and a copy of their CV.

2018Gabriel FuenteLiz Howell Lab
2017Justin WesterfiledFran Barrera Lab

 

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