Awards

Undergraduate Awards

Kyle Auger: 

  • National Institutes of Health Fellowship (2015) 

Annie Griffith (high school student): 

  • Selected for National Youth Science Camp (2016) 

Kristin O’Leary: 

  • CEDIK Appalachian Health Career Scholarship (2017) 
  • UK Undergraduate Research Travel Award (2017) 

Ben Turner: 

  • National Institutes of Health Fellowship (2015) 

Connor Van Meter: 

  • Honorable mention for Goldwater Scholarship (2017)

Graduate Awards

Meenakshi Bannerjee: 

  • Second Place Pre-doctoral Poster Presentation, Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry Departmental Retreat (2013)
  • Max Steckler Fellowship, University of Kentucky Graduate School (2014) 
  • Second Place at 16th Gill Heart Cardiovascular Day Postdoc Poster Competition (2017) 

Chelsea Barrett: 

  • ASBMB Travel Award (2017) 
  • ASV Graduate Student Travel Award (2017)
  • University of Kentucky Graduate School Student Travel Award (2017)
  • UK WISM Rising Star Award (2017 – 2018) 

Jean Branttie: 

  • COM Excellence in Research Graduate Fellowship (2017) 
  • Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship (2016 – 2018) 
  • COM Excellence in Graduate Research Fellowship (2017 – 2018) Katy Brewer: 
  • Kentucky Opportunity Fellowship (2015) 
  • Northern Kentucky Alumni Fellowship (2015) 

Mary K. Brewer: 

  • Kentucky Opportunity Fellowship (2015)
  • Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club Fellowship (2015)
  • Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Award (2016) 
  • Philanthropic Educational Organization Scholar Award (2017)
  • 1st Place Poster Presentation, Department of Biochemistry Spring Research Conference (2017)
  • Outstanding Poster Award, 34th Annual Bluegrass Society for Neuroscience (BGSFN) Spring Neuroscience Day (2017)

Brittany Carpenter: 

  • T32 Fellowship (2015) 

Erik Cook: 

  • UK Graduate School Travel Award American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Meeting (2012 – 2013)
  • Max Steckler Award (2015) 

Victoria Dunlap: 

  • Tenure-track position at the University of Central Arkansas 

Meredith Eckstein: 

  • Graduate School Academic Year Fellowship (2015)
  • Diversity Supplement 02S1 for R01-ES024478-YFM (2016 – Present)
  • Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Award (2017) 
  • ASBMB Travel Award for Experimental Biology (2017)
  • Travel Award (2017) 
  • Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati UK Alumni Club Fellowship (2017 – 2018) 

Alex Helman: 

  • Max Steckler Award (2016 – 2017) 
  • Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship from National Academy of Sciences (2017 – 2018) 

Yunjie Huang: 

  • American Heart Association Fellowship (2011 – 2013) 
  • Max Steckler Award (2014) 

Hye In Jang: 

  • ASBMB Travel Award (2017) 
  • Max Steckler Award (2018) 

Smita Joshi: 

  • Young Investigator Merit Award, 15th Midwest Platelet Conference (2014)
  • Graduate Student Travel Award (2014)
  • Kentucky Opportunity Fellowship (2014) 
  • American Heart Association Fellowship (2015 – 2017) 

Marisa Kamelgarn: 

  • F32 Training Fellowship in Toxicology (2014) 

Catherine Kaminski

  • Max Steckler Award (2013 – 2014)
  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship. National Science Foundation (2013)
  • Graduate Travel Award (2013)
  • NIH Interdisciplinary Cardiovascular Training Grant (2012 – 2013)

Tyler Kinder: 

  • ASV Graduate Student Travel Award (2017)
  • University of Kentucky Graduate School Student Travel Award (2017)
  • ASBMB Travel Awards (2017) 
  • Max Steckler Award (2018) 

Edita Klimyte: 

  • F30 Award (2014) 

David Meekins: 

  • Robert A. Lester Award* (2013) 
  • University of Kentucky Dissertation Year Fellowship (2013) 
  • Max Steckler Award (2013) 

Robert Murphy: 

  • Daniel R. Reedy Quality Achievement Award (2017) 
  • ASBMB Travel Award (2017) 
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2017 – 2020) 

Farah El Najjar: 

  • University of Kentucky Graduate School Academic Year Fellowship (2014) 
  • Robert A. Lester Award* (2016) 

Rebecca Norcross: 

  • ASBMB Travel Award (2017) 

Matt Parker: 

  • Robert A. Lester Award* (2014) 

Megan Phillips: 

  • Max Steckler Award (2013)

 

Madushi Raththagala: 

  • Tenure-Track Faculty Position at Skidmore College (2017) 

Caitlyn Reidmann: 

  • Graduate Travel Award (2013)
  • F31 Fellowship (2015) 
  • AAAS Poster Competition/Honorable Mention in Cellular and Molecular Biology (Best Poster, 2017) 

Rachel Sieg: 

  • Midwest Zebrafish Conference (Podium Presentation, 2017) 
  • ASBMB Travel Award (2017)

 

Zoe Simmons: 

  • TL1 Predoctoral award from CCTS (2017) 

Kerri Beth Slaughter: 

  • Honorable Mention, NSF Predoc (2017) 
  • COM Excellence in Research Graduate Fellowship (2018) 

Everett Clinton Smith: 

  • Tenure-track position at Sewanee, University of the South 

Sarah Martin Spaulding: 

  • ASBMB Science Policy Fellowship (2015) 
  • Robert A. Lester Award* (2015) 

Payton Stevens: 

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award (NIH, 2015 – 2018) 
  • NIH/NCI F31 April (2015 – 2018)

Stacy Webb: 

  • Max Steckler Award (2013) 
  • Graduate Travel Award (2013)
  • UK Graduate School Travel Award (2012 – 2013)
  • Graduate Travel Award. American Society for Virology (2013)
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Award (NIH, 2015 – 2018) 
  • F31 Fellowship (2015) 
  • Robert A. Lester Award* (2017) 

Justin Welden: 

  • COM Excellence in Research Graduate Fellowship (2018) 

Zachary Williamson: 

  • Fellowship to attend Cold Spring Harbor Course: X-Ray Methods in Structural Biology (2017) 
  • University of Kentucky Graduate School Student Travel Award (2017)

Catherine Withers: 

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2013 – 2016) 

Liuqing Yang: 

  • Max Steckler Award (2014) 

Jinachao Zhao: 

  • Max Steckler Award (2014)

Post Doctoral Awards

Nicolas Cifuentes: 

  • Second Place in COM postdoctoral competition (2017) 

Ramon Sun: 

  • First Place at Stand up for Your Start Business Plan Competition (2017) 
  • Second Place at University of Kentucky Bootcamp Business Plan Competition (2017) 
  • Co-I on COBRE grant: “Defining the Contribution of Laforin in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Metabolism and Tumorigenesis” (2017) 
  • 1st place COM Postdoctoral Poster Competition (2017) 
  • Promoted to Research Assistant Professor (2018)

Faculty Awards

Jessica Blackburn: 

  • NIH New Innovator Award (2018) 

Rebecca Dutch: 

  • University Research Professorship (2015) 
  • President of the American Society of Virology (2017) 

Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf: 

  • Undergraduate Research Faculty of the Week September (2017) 
  • 2018 COBRE Independence Macaig Award (2018) 

Matthew Gentry: 

  • University Research Professorship (2017) 
  • Chair of the ASBMB Public Affairs Advisory Committee (2017) 

Natasha Kyprianou: 

  • Basic Urologic Research Distinguished Service Award 

Kathleen O’Connor: 

  • University of Kentucky Women in Medicine and Science Mentorship Award Finalist 

Sidney (Wally) Whiteheart: 

  • Fellowship of the American Heart Association (2018)

 

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