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2017 - 2018 Faculty and Alumni Awards

Alumni Awards

College of Science Distinguished Science Alumni

  • Dr. Donald E. Clayton, BS Biological Sciences 1972

College of Science Oustanding Alumni

  • Dr. Melissa A Harrington, BS Molecular Biology (Honors) 1986
  • Dr. Kevin A. Camphausen, BS Biology 1988

Undergraduate Student Awards

Outstanding College of Science Students

The faculty of the College of Science recognize the following students for outstanding academic achievement and outstanding co-curricular involvement,
such as leadership, community service, and undergraduate research.

Outstanding Freshman

Outstanding Sophomore

Manvir Bains

Emily White

Outstanding Junior

Outstanding Senior

Caleigh Roleck

William Mbongo


Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Honor Roll

Merit-based award given to teaching assistants for excellence in undergraduate teaching based on supervisors’ & students’ evaluations & recommendation documents provided by nominators.

Theresa Emeli

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grantee

William Mbongo

Undergraduate Student Seniors with 4.0

Sahej Bains, Olivia Mary Cummings, Adrianne Renee Glaser

Dr. Eric Dwayne Miller Scholarship

Scholarship awarded in memory of Dr. Eric Dwayne Miller to students who are Indiana residents from a non-metropolitan area
and attended a high school with less than 800 students in the upper four grade levels.
Sarah Batarseh, Lauren Bennett, Angela Koeberlein, Hunter Wieczorek and Lindsey Wilson

Professor and Mrs. Edward H. Simon Scholarship

Rachel Boler, Jessica Mah, Palmer Vu, Amy Xiao

Will and Helen Carpenter Scholarship

Given to a junior or senior student who has demonstrated significant & increasing success in one of the biology curricula.

Nathan Becker, Brittany Farmer, Alexander Harmon

Donald N. Jessup Memorial Scholarship

Merit based scholarships awarded to Indiana residents in the Department of Biological Sciences in memory of Donald N. Jessup (BS 1974).

Manvir Bains, Truc Kha, Kristen Taylor

Shelton Scholarship

Michele Holcombe, Amanda Komasinski

Overbeck Biology Scholarship

Tamara Batarseh, Benjamin Flueckiger, Hailea Howard, Danielle Krug, Eryn Sale, Mary Welker

Biology Alumni Scholarship

Ahkiya Allen, Natalie Brejcha, Elisabeth DeMarco, Sabrina Kayun Ho, Jessica Stone

Cable-Silkman Fellowship

Sara Carpenter, Olivia Lockyear, David Prather

McAtee Undergrad Research Scholarship

Tahnee Fuentes, Renee Knepp, Hannah Melciorre, Kiersten Nelson, Melody Weber

William H. Phillips Research Internships

Elisabeth DeMarco, Ena Tully, Katie Wong

Irwin & Ethel Tessman Scholarship Fund

Samantha Klein

Undergraduate Summer Research Experience Scholarship

Nishit Bank, Taylor Dal Bon, Michael Robinson

Rod and Cele Flanary Pre-Med Scholarship

Kun Lin, Alexa Lisevick, Morgan Schafer, Julia Townsend

Taryn Blaine Boyle

1st Place, Purdue Writing Showcase under “Best Primary Research” Category

CPIP (Cancer Prevention) Summer Research Internship

Andianne Glaser

Championing Diversity Award, from College of Science

Graduate Student Awards

2017 P.T. Gilham Fellowship Award

Merit-based fellowship for graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences.

       SM Sabbir Alam, Ali Camara, Sharleen Flowers, Stephanie Oprescu, Kayla Perri, Zulaida Soto-Vargas, Morgan Sparks, Rebecca Trapp

2017 Andrews Fellowship

The Andrews Fellowships are for the recruitment of outstanding Ph.D.-track students to graduate programs at Purdue University. Each fellowship provides a four-year award package to the fellow, which includes two years of stipend support from the Graduate School & two additional years of funding support from the graduate program. The Andrews Fellowship, whether administered as a fellowship or as an assistantship, also provides tuition coverage & a medical insurance supplement.

       Morgan Sparks

2017 JS AS Andrews Award

       SM Sabbir Alam, Ali Camara, Sharleen Flowers, Stephanie Oprescu, Kayla Perri, Rebecca Trapp

2017 Rosenberg Graduate Fellowship Award

       Humna Hasan, Morgan Sparks, Karthik Srinivasan

2017 Ross Fellowships

The Ross Fellowships are for the recruitment of outstanding, Ph.D.-track students to graduate programs at Purdue University. Each fellowship provides a four-year package to the fellow, which includes one-year of support from the Graduate School & a commitment by the graduate program of three additional years of support. The additional support is usually in the form of teaching or research assistantships or a combination of both. The Ross Fellowships, whether administered as a fellowship or as an assistantship, also provides tuition coverage & a medical insurance supplement.

       Sharleen Flowers, Stephanie Oprescu, Karthik Srinivasan, and Rebecca Trapp

2018 PRF Research Grants

PRF Research Grants are one-year awards made by the Office of the Vice President for Research to assist faculty who supervise Ph.D. research in the development of new or the continuation of ongoing research projects by providing support for a half-time (0.50 FTE) PRF Research Assistantship.

       Logan Ganzen (Leung), Alan Hsu (Deng), Matthew Therkelson (Kuhn)

2018 Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship

The Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship provides support to outstanding Ph.D. candidates in their final year of doctoral degree completion. Bilsland Fellows are expected to devote full-time effort to the completion of all doctoral degree requirements to receive the doctoral degree at the conclusion of the fellowship tenure.

        Satarupa Bhaduri, Rachelle Lapham, Patrick Schweickert, Ankita Thawani

2018 Abbott Minority Research Award

Ali Camara, Stephanie Gutierrez, McKeith Pearson, Victor Roman

AA Lindsey Graduate Fellowship Award in Ecology 2018

       Rebecca Trapp and Morgan Sparks

2018 H. E. Umbarger Outstanding Graduate Student in Research

Merit-based award in recognition of outstanding research by a graduate student; nominated by their major professors.

        Yuan Ren

2018 Yeunkyung Woo Achieve Excellence Travel Award

Departmental award established in memory of Yeunkyung Woo to provide financial support to graduate students who are attending scientific meetings or conferences to present the results of their research.

Maurina Aranda, Samarth Mathur, Swetha Ramadesikan, Yuan Ren, Wenqing Zhou

2018 Graduate School Summer Research Grant

The Graduate School Summer Research Grants provide two months of thesis research support for predoctoral students who have been exclusively teaching during both of the preceding academic semesters.

Ruth Arieti, Zusi Han, Alan Hsu, Jacob Jeffries, Kaushik Muralidharan, Spencer Siddons, Jonathan Trevor Vannatta

Women in Science Program Travel Award

Satarupa Bhaduri and Elaine Mihelc

2018 Cagiantas Fellowship

Wenqing Zhou

Graduate Excellence in Teaching Award

Logan Ganzen

Biology Best Teaching Assist Award

Aslihan Terzi

Biology Grad Teaching Award

Ankita Thawani

Graduate Honor Roll

Logan Ganzen, Richard Lie, Amar Parvate

Cancer Prevention Internship

Aripta Pal

Postdoctoral Awards

Ranjan Sengupta

   American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Travel Award to attend the 2017 ASCB/EMBO Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA

   Oral Presentation, American Society for Virology 37th Annual Meeting, College Park, MD.

College of Science Merit Awards

Customer Service Award

This award recognizes outstanding customer service within the College of Science.

  Lynn Jacobs

 Undergraduate Advising Award

This award recognizes College of Science faculty or staff who excel in the advising and mentoring of undergraduate students.

   Rex Fodrea

 Professional Achievement Award

This award recognizes exceptional contributions to the College of Science.

  Roger Mahrling

Leadership Award

This award recognizes leadership in the College of Science departments and units.

  Chris Sahley

Team Award

This award recognizes efforts by teams by College of Science faculty or staff.

 Andrea Kasinski and Alexander Chubykin

Diversity Award

This award recognizes excellence in leadership that improves the environment for faculty, staff
& students and promotes diversity and inclusiveness in the College of Science

 Ximena Bernal

Staff Professional Development Fund Award of College of Science

Investments that transform courses serving a large numbers of students.

Gabriela Sincich-Sosa

Faculty Awards

Faculty Promotions from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor

Ximena Bernal

Inaugural Director Krenicki Family Director, Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease

Richard Kuhn

2018 PRF International Travel Grant

Zhao-Qing Luo

Seema Mattoo

“Walk the Talk” Ethics Award for Outstanding dedication to the Purdue University Statement of Integrity and Code of Conduct, Purdue University

CTSI Project Development Team Award

Favorite Faculty Nomination, Purdue University

2017-2018 Provost’s Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award

BJ Taparowsky

150th Anniversary Professor

David Eichinger

Purdue University Faculty Scholar

The University Faculty Scholars Program recognizes outstanding faculty members who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction.

Claudio Aguilar

2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy

Henry Chang

Alfred & Martha Chiscon Undergraduate Teaching Award

Department’s highest teaching award to recognize the importance of undergraduate teaching in the Department of Biological Sciences. This award is given to members of the department who have shown excellence in the instruction of undergraduates taking departmental courses in the 100-500 levels.  Faculty members & laboratory coordinators are eligible to receive the award.

Elwood (Woody) Walls

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