William Arnold Award
This award was originated by the graduate students in the former Department of Microbiology to recognize and commend one or more of their fellow students. The fund which was established in memory of William Arnold, a former student.
Arnold Award Recipients
Lew Borgendale Award
The Borgendale Award was established in remembrance of Lew Borgendale, Jr., a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry until his untimely death in the fall of 1979. One of Lew’s strongest qualities was his never-ending desire to expand our wealth of knowledge. Therefore, it was felt that an appropriate way to remember Lew would be through an award recognizing that quality in other graduate students. This award is presented annually to the student who, in the opinion of fellow graduate students, presents the most outstanding seminar during the fall symposium.
A Recent Recipient
Kawaljit Kaur (graduate student, De Guzman lab) is the recipient of the Borgendale Award for her talk at the 2015 Graduate Student Symposium entitled "Novel PIASy SIM identified by NMR is critical for PIASy-dependent SUMO conjugation."
Borgendale Award Recipients
|2011||Mirna Perusina Lanfranca||Davido|
|2004||Mengmeng "Bessie" Wang||Kuczera|
|1991||Fei Philip Gao||Stetler|
|1983||Steven E. Hardin||Weaver|
|1982||Patricia C. Comens||Baker|
William King Candlin Award
Bill Candlin was an undergraduate slated to work in the laboratory of Professor Jerome Yochim as an National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Participation Awardee, but was involved in a tragic car accident before he could begin. His family established the award in his name for the then "Department of Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology.” The award honors outstanding work in Cell Biology or Biochemistry.
Amber Smith (graduate student, Xu lab) was the recipient of the Candlin Travel Award to attend the 2014 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, April 5-9, 2014, San Diego, California. She presented a poster entitled, “Tumor suppressor miR-137 inhibits colorectal cancer progression by negatively regulating cancer stem cell marker, Musashi-1.”
Nadeem Asad (graduate student, Timmons lab) was the recipient of a Candlin Summer Research Fellowship for 2014.
Candlin Award Recipients
|2016||Andy Wolfe (Neufeld)|
|2014||Samantha Hartin (Ackley)|
|Amber Smith (Xu)|
|Makoto Yoshida (Y. Azuma)|
|2013||Nadeem Asad (Timmons)|
|Makoto Yoshida (Y. Azuma)|
|Vinidhra Sridharan (Y. Azuma)|
|2011||Maged Zein El-Din (Neufeld)|
|Erick Spears (Neufeld)|
|Raghavi Sudharsan (Y. Azuma)|
|2010||Sudharsan Parthasarathy (Kuczera)|
|Hyun Ryu (Y. Azuma)|
|Kellen Voss (Gamblin)|
|2009||Jamie Chapman (Lundquist)|
|2008||Jiang Xu (Cohen)|
|Feng He (Richter)|
|2005||Yieyie Yang (Lundquist)|
|2004||Mengmeng Wang (Kuczera)|
|2003||Ryan Bartlett (Urbauer)|
|Jake Kohlmeier (Benedict)|
|2002||Hong Jin (Wu)|
|2001||Claudia Bode (Himes)|
|Obe Omoike (Benedict)|
|2000||Gretchen Dollar (Cohen)|
|Mohan Gupta (Himes)|
|Lin Song (Dentler)|
|1999||Kathleen Davis (Wu)|
|Vince Sollars (Ruden)|
|1998||Brad Schnackenberg (Palazzo)|
|1997||Jamie Rusconi (Palazzo)|
|1996||Melissa Foltz-Daggett (Suprenant)|
|Danielle Hamill (Suprenant)|
|1995||Lisa Felzien (Benedict)|
|Jackie Vogel (Palazzo)|
|1994||Jun Bao (Wu)|
|1993||Randall Morrison (Frost-Mason)|
Dan Carr Award
The Carr Research Award is given to an MB graduate student for excellence in research related to biochemistry in the broadest sense. Dan Carr was a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at KUMC. He had an endowment fund there which he transferred to the Lawrence campus in 1999, for this purpose.
A Recent Recipient
Chad Highfill (graduate student, Macdonald lab) was the recipient of the Carr Travel Award to attend the 55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in San Diego, CA on March 28. His abstract was selected for an invited platform talk entitled “Quantitative genetics of caffeine resistance in Drosophila melanogaster.”
Carr Award Recipients
|2016||Chad Highfill (Macdonald)|
|2014||Kara Hinshaw (Chandler)|
|2013||Chad Highfill (Macdonald)|
|2012||Gada Al-Ani (Fischer)|
|2010||Natasha DeVore (Scott)|
|Maged Zeineldin (Neufeld)|
|2009||Fernando Estrada (DeGuzman)|
|2008||Yang Wang (Neufeld)|
|Yu Wang (DeGuzman)|
|2007||Srividya Suryanarayana (Richter)|
|2006||Jiamiao Lu (Lundquist)|
|2005||Liang Zhang (Ward)|
|2004||Jennifer Hueston (Suprenant)|
|2003||Mengmeng Wang (Kuczera)|
|2002||Lin Song (Dentler)|
|2001||Ward Tucker (Richter)|
|2000||Rebecca Marquez (Himes)|
Cora M. Downs Award
In 1974, Dr. Cora M. Downs, Professor Emerita of Microbiology, instituted and supported an award to recognize outstanding students in the Department of Microbiology. In fond memory of Dr. Downs, who was a distinguished scientist as well as an untiring supporter of Microbiology at KU, we continue this award. The Downs Award is presented in recognition of an outstanding graduate or undergraduate student.
Downs Award Recipients
|1998||Susie Bear, Erin Crouch|
|1996||Tim McGrath, Dawn Pointer|
|1993||Alan Varley, Natividad Ruiz|
|1992||Wynn Esch, Laura Sieczkowski|
|1991||Peter Alexander Bertram, Yun Butler|
|1990||Yun Butler, Elizabeth Rombach, Patricia Wagner|
Arthur Atsunobu Hirata Award
Dr. Hirata was born in Los Angeles, California. He received his baccalaureate and master's degrees in zoology at Duke University. Dr. Hirata first became interested in immunology during his graduate studies in zoology at the University of California at Los Angeles, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in 1958. His interest matured at the California Institute of Technology where, under the tutelage of Professor Dan H. Campbell, an eminent immunochemist, he carried out postdoctoral research as a National Science Foundation Research Fellow. In 1960 he moved to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland as a Staff Research Immunologist, and in 1965 he became a Research Fellow in Immunology at Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, Illinois. He joined the faculty of the University of Kansas as a Professor of Microbiology in 1973, but returned to Abbott Laboratories in 1975 to become a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Laboratories of Immunology, a position he held until his death.
This scholarship is presented to a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in research, academic performance, and service to the Department.
A Recent Recipient
Vinidhra Sridharan (graduate student, Y. Azuma lab) is the recipient of the Hirata Travel Award to attend 2014 Cold Spring harbor Meeting for Nuclear Organization and Function, August 19 - 23 in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Vinidhra will present a poster entitled "SUMOylation regulates Polo-like kinase 1-interacting checkpoint helicase (PICH) during mitosis."
Hirata Award Recipients
Phillip and Marjorie Newmark Award
This award was initially set up to remember Philip Newmark who was a faculty member in the former biochemistry department. He died of a heart attack in 1962. Phil Newmark is remembered for his activism during and after the McCarthy era, for his commitment to building a strong biochemistry program at Kansas, and for his excellence as a biochemist. Sympathy notes received after his passing read like a “who’s who” of biochemistry. In 1991, Marge Newmark’s name was added to the award. After Phil’s death, Marge raised three children alone, took on the demands of a faculty position, and had a large part in building the department. She developed a number of the major biochemistry courses, acted as director of graduate studies for 20 years, and attained numerous federal grants to fund educational opportunities within the department.
A Recent Recipient
Amber Smith (is the recipient of the 2015 Newmark Award for excellence in biochemistry research for her project which she described in a presentation entitled, “Therapeutic strategies targeting the RNA binding protein Musashi-1 in colorectal cancer.” Other finalists for the prize were Nabil Alhakamy (Berkland lab), Smita Paranjape (Gamblin lab), and Vinidhra Sridharan (Y. Azuma lab). Amber (right) is pictured receiving her prize from Professor Karen Allen of Boston University, who presented the Philip and Marjorie Newmark Lecture in Biochemistry.;
Newmark Award Recipients
|2008||Yu Wang & Lingling Zhang|
|2005||Roma Kenjale & Hardeep Samra|
|2004||Amanda Harrington & Mengmeng Wang|
|1998||Nathalie McComb & Brad Schnackenberg|
|1995||Danielle Hamill & Qin Song|
|1992||Denise A. Mills|
|1990||Michael A. Harding & William D. Singer|
|1987||Larry Dobbs & M. Mejillano|
|1985||Fred Smardo, Jr. & Ylanda Fuchs|
|1984||Bill D. Roberts|
|1983||Patricia Necessary & Randal Scott|
|1982||Susan C. Brown|
|1981||Douglas C. Dean|
|1975||Donald L. Kreutzer|
|1974||Dhiren R. Thakker|
|1973||Edward T. Nelson|
|1972||May L. Chan|
|1971||Hugo F. Lathrop|
|1970||John R. Schiltz|
|1969||Harry W. Chen|
|1968||William H. Welch, Jr.|
|1967||Melvin Chaplin & T. Devanathan|
Joe and Ethel Paretsky Award
This award was established to honor Joe and Ethel Paretsky, the parents of David Paretsky. Professor Paretsky was the chairman of the University of Kansas department of Microbiology (1957 to 1976) and a University Distinguished Professor, who retired in 1989. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1918 to immigrant parents, he was raised in an environment that was deeply committed to his education. In 1939, he graduated from City College of New York with a BS in bacteriology. After serving in the Pacific Theater from 1944-1946, he completed his doctoral degree at Iowa State College.
Professor Paretsky was most noted for his expertise in what were, at that time, considered "tropical diseases," such as tularemia, Q fever and rickettsioloses. Working with colleague Professor Cora M. Downs, Paretsky became one of the first to reproduce the rickettsia organism, which allowed scientists to develop the vaccine against Q fever, a common European disease that had led to the deaths of numerous Allied and German soldiers during WWII. He was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and was consulted frequently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Throughout his career, Paretsky also conducted much research on cancer, with a focus on liver cancer. In the classroom at KU, Paretsky was known as a “gifted and engaging lecturer” who had a passion for teaching and was eager to pass on his knowledge to students.
The Paretsky Award honors excellence in microbial pathogenesis research.
A Recent Recipient
Sriram Varaham (graduate student, Hancock lab) is the recipient of the Paretsky Travel Award to attend the 58th Wind River Conference on Prokaryotic Biology in Estes Park, Colorado. He presented a talk entitled "Deletion of an ABC transporter renders Enterococcus faecalis susceptible to lysozyme."
Paretsky Award Recipients
Cassandra Ritter Award
In the early twenties, Cassandra Ritter received her B.A. and M.A. in the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Kansas. Her professional career was centered on the public health bacteriology laboratory in Lawrence, Kansas, where she was in charge of the Water Laboratory. She continued to have a close association with the Department and the University. After her death, a contribution from the Kansas Section of the American Waterworks Association, and individual contributions from her many friends, established this award in her memory. The award has been used to recognize undergraduate and graduate students for outstanding achievement.
Smita Paranjape (graduate student, Gamblin Lab) is the recipient of a Ritter Travel Award to support her travel to the 2014 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. where she will make a presentation “Azaphilones are novel tau aggregation inhibitors” in the Brain Wellness: Metabolism and Energetic Nanosymposium, Monday November 17th.
Vaishnavi Nagarajan (graduate student, Timmons lab) is the recipient of the Ritter Travel Award. She gave a poster presentation entitled "Transcriptional Gene Silencing on an Endogenous Locus in wild-type Caenorhabditis elegans" at the 2014 Genetics Association of America Aging, Metabolism, Stress, Pathogenesis and Small RNAs Meeting in Madison, WI on July 12.
Ritter Award Recipients
Stanley Twomey Award
Stanley L. Twomey received his Ph.D. in Physiology and Cell Biology here at KU in 1971. “Stan the Man,” as many of his friends called him, was a man of action. He lived his life according to one of his favorite sayings, “You only get invited to this party once.” He never hesitated to take on any task or feat. Stan was successful in his research and professional achievements, and made friends quickly. Although competitive in nature, he was also a humanist who derived great pleasure in the success of others. All who knew him were acutely aware of his physical presence; however, some might not know that Stan played the guitar and harmonica, wrote poetry, carved scrimshaw and played major roles in a local theatre group, to which he brought his unique character.
Stan passed away on July 10, 1979, at the age of 35, after courageously fighting off malignant melanoma for 4 years. While in the hospital, Stan sustained his usual psychological strength. Stan gave his last presentation, “Enzyme-labeled immunosorbent assay for serum ferritin” on June 26, 1979, at the American Association for Clinical Chemistry in Montreal. This award was established by friends and colleagues of Stan “to perpetuate his ‘life’.”
Andy Wolfe (graduate student, Neufeld lab) was the recipient of a Twomey Travel Award to attend and present a poster at the Experimental Biology meeting March 28- April 1 in Boston. The EB meeting serves as the annual meeting for six sponsoring professional research societies. Andy belongs to the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) which provided Andy additional financial support with a Graduate/Postdoctoral Travel Award. Andy’s poster was entitled, “TGF-β and Wnt Crosstalk Require SMAD 3 for Msi1 Induction in Colon”. Andy (right) is shown with Matt Miller (undergraduate, Neufeld lab) and Dr. Neufeld.
Twomey Award Recipients
|Mirna Perusina Lanfranca|
|1995||Xiao Wen Tang|
MB GSO Travel Award
This award was made possible through the efforts of the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Organization (MB GSO) in the Ever Onward Fundraising campaign. Friends, family, faculty, and graduate students worked together in the spring of 2015 to raise money to provide travel awards and professional development for MB graduate students. For the fall of 2015, the officers of the MB GSO are excited to present a $500 travel award to a MB graduate student.
The MB GSO Travel Award will be given to a graduate student in the MB department who is also a member of the MB graduate student organization. Preference will be given to individuals presenting talks or posters at national or international meetings. >
Finally, the recipient of the MB GSO Travel Award will be required to submit a picture of themselves at the meeting, either presenting a talk or in front of their poster, to the MB GSO officers. This photo will be used on the MB GSO Facebook page and website. If you are not yet a member of the MB GSO, please go to the following website to join:https://rockchalkcentral.ku.edu/organization/molecularbiosciencesgradstu...
Travel Awards. Awards will be made to assist with travel expenses for an individual student. Preference will be given to individuals presenting talks or posters at national or international meetings in their research area. Support for training at national laboratories also will be considered. All applications must be submitted electronically to the awards committee via John Connolly (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Each travel application must include:
(1) Letter from the applicant describing their suitability for a travel award, including description of any previous deparmental travel support. (see below).
(2) Copy of applicant's CV and DPR (Degree Progress Report).
(3) Budget: estimated expenses, no more than $1000
(4) Dates, location and description of conference/meeting.
(5) Copy of an abstract that will be published and presented at the meeting.
(6) Letter from the faculty advisor attesting to the student’s need and research progress. If more than one request is made from a single laboratory in a year, the letter must rank each students priority and indicate other possible travel support for students.
Be sure to complete the online Travel Request Form, ahead of your travel dates: http://ssc.ku.edu/travel-request-form..
All awards are given on a reimbursement basis so you will need to keep all of your itemized receipts upon returning from a meeting..