Student News & Awards Archives 2009-10

Student honors, awards and publications.


Nate Sowa selected for GEAB Impact Award

November 2009 - Nate Sowa, a Neurobiology curriculum student in the Zylka lab, has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award for his thesis research. This award recognizes outstanding graduate student research of particular benefit to North Carolina.


Two department students receive IVB training grants

June 2009 - Maggie McCormick (Tzima lab) and Samantha Strickland (Caron lab) have both been awarded Integrative Vascular Biology training grants.


Philpot lab graduate student, Maile Henson, receives dissertation fellowship

April 2009 - Maile Henson, a Neurobiology curriculm graduate student in the Philpot lab, has been awarded the Carol and Edward Smithwick Dissertation Fellowship within the Society of Fellows here at UNC. This fellowship will provide a stipend for the academic year 2009-10, student health insurance, tuition and fees, and an additional $1000 travel award.


Varun Puvanesarajah wins Barry Goldwater Scholarship

April 2009 - The Otey lab is very proud to announce that Varun Puvanesarajah, a UNC sophomore who has worked in the lab for two years, has won a prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship.

"The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986. Its goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. The Scholarship is widely considered the most prestigious award in the U.S. conferred upon undergraduates studying the sciences. It is awarded to about 300 students (college sophomores and juniors) nationwide." [source: wikipedia] 

The state of North Carolina had only four Goldwater Scholarship recipients this year, and two (including Varun) are from UNC. We are incredibly proud of Varun's accomplishment. UNC press release >>



Alaine Pribisko wins poster award at University Research Day

March 2009 - Alaine Pribisko, a graduate student in Dr. Edward Perl's lab won the "Best Graduate Student Poster in the Biological Sciences" at UNC's fifth annual University Research Day.The poster, entitled "Selective Activation of Cutaneous Nociceptors with an Infrared Diode Laser" was coauthored by Dr. Perl. Alaine is a doctoral student in the School of Nursing who is doing her research in the Perl lab. Awards will be presented at the Graduate School Student Recognition Ceremony on April 20, 2009.


Kate Hamilton recieves award from American Physiological Society

January 2009 - Kate Hamilton (Lund lab) has been selected as a 2009 APS Research Recognition Award Winner of the Gastrointestinal and Liver (GI&L) Physiology Section.  This award is based on competitive ranking of GI&L abstracts submitted to Experimental Biology (EB) 2009. As a winner of this award, Kate will participate in the GI&L Trainee Poster Symposium in addition to the regular EB poster presentation, giving her the opportunity to compete for an additional GI&L poster award.


Mike Kerber gives talk at annual American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) meeting

December 2008 - Mike Kerber (Cheney lab) gave a talk in San Francisco at the 48th annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB).  His presentation, in a minisymposium on "Actin-based motors," was titled "Single-molecule imaging of myosin-X reveals a novel form of motility in filopodia."