PAST HONOREES

Undergraduate Awards

Graduate Student Awards

Catherine Welsh Smith Research Award

Alexis Monical

 

Alexis Monical Mentor: Dr. Michelle Mynlieff

    The Catherine Welsh Smith Award in Biological Sciences recognizes outstanding achievement in biological research by a junior or senior majoring in Biological Sciences. The award committee selects the winner from nominations from faculty of students who have displayed talent for research, including initiative, independence, and the ability to design and carry out experiments. 

 

Alexis Monical is graduating in May 2017 with a degree in biological sciences and a minor in psychology. She has been working for over two years in Dr. Michelle Mynlieff's neuroscience lab. The main goal of her project was to identify the contribution of calcium activated potassium channels to neonatal excitability. Using various calcium and potassium channel blockers she measured the currents and action potentials found in the rat neonatal hippocampus using whole-cell patch clamp. Through this research she has found that calcium is an important regulator of excitability by activating potassium channels. This is clinically significant because these channels may be connected to a pathway that can be utilized as a therapeutic target for seizures which are very prevalent in neonates. After graduation, she will be attending University of Illinois, Chicago to receive her MD-PhD degree through the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). 

 

    

 

Department of Biological Sciences Research Awards

The Department of Biological Sciences Research Awards recognize outstanding achievement in research by a junior or senior majoring in the Biological Sciences Department. The award committee selects the winner from nominations from faculty of students who have displayed talent for research, including initiative, independence, and the ability to design and carry out experiments on their own, and from an abstract submitted by the student.

 

Emily Nett

 

Emily Nett Mentor: Dr. Lisa Petrella

Emily Nett is a graduating senior with a major in Physiological Sciences and minor in Anthropology. She has spent the past three years working in Dr. Lisa Petrella’s developmental biology lab, where they study gene expression and chromatin in response to temperature in C. elegans. She has had two main projects, the first being how gene expression is affected by high temperature in DRM complex double mutants, and the second being identifying the causes of male infertility at high temperature. This research has great significance as organisms must develop and function properly when confronted with environmental challenges. After graduation, Emily will be attending the University of Notre Dame in pursue of her Ph.D. in biology. 

 

Cory Leeways

 

Cory LeeWays Mentor: Dr. Dale Noel

 

 

Biological Sciences Academic Achievement Award

Jensen Braun

Jensen Braun

 

Academic Advisor: Dr. Dale Noel

 

The Biological Sciences Academic Achievement Award recognizes the outstanding academic achievement in the Biological Sciences Department by a senior majoring in Biological Sciences, Physiological Sciences, or Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. The award committee selects the winner based on a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and above, the student’s sciences GPA, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

 

Jensen Braun is a graduating senior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology under the advisement of Dr. Dale Noel. She is an award winner of the Klinger College of Arts and Sciences Gold Medal Award. Jensen will be attending the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics. 


 

 



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