The Gerstner Sloan Kettering (GSK) Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences congratulates ten of its doctoral students — eight of them women — who have been recognized by esteemed organizations for their promising academic research. They each will receive stipend awards to support their graduate studies.
“I am pleased to see the outstanding work of our students being recognized, and that eight women are among those being acknowledged for their achievements,” says GSK Dean Michael Overholtzer. “We are proud of each of our students who have earned these competitive awards and will receive well-deserved financial support for their graduate studies.”
American Heart Association
Adina Schonbrun, a fourth-year student in the lab of Marilyn Resh, was awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association. The award is given to enhance the scientific training of aspiring professionals pursuing a predoctoral or clinical health degree with a project relevant to cardiovascular health.
American Society of Hematology (ASH) Minority Hematology Graduate Award
Florisela Herrejon Chavez, a fourth-year student in the lab of Michael Kharas, was awarded the 2020 Minority Hematology Graduate Award as part of the ASH Minority Recruitment Initiative career development award program. The goal of this prestigious award is to support underrepresented minority doctoral students conducting hematology-focused research.
City University of New York, Jonas E. Salk Scholarship
Brianna Naizir, a second-year student in the lab of Andrea Schietinger, was awarded the City University of New York Jonas E. Salk Scholarship. The award is based on academic excellence and recognizes students’ potential to make significant contributions to biomedical research.
”la Caixa” Foundation
Inés Fernández-Maestre, a second year student in the lab of Ross Levine, was awarded a competitive fellowship from ”la Caixa” Foundation in Spain. The fellowship supports further study of research abroad and is intended to provide Spain’s best graduate students with the opportunity to extend their graduate studies in the US, Europe, or the Asia-Pacific area for one to two years.
Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan) Scholarship
Yu-Jung Chen, a fifth-year student in the lab of Luis Parada, was awarded the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan) Scholarship. This award is based on academic excellence and provides financial support for up to four years of doctoral studies.
National Science Foundation Fellowship
Alexander Settle, a third-year student in the lab of Morgan Huse, was awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Program Fellowship. The award recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines at accredited US institutions.
NIH Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Transition Award (F99/K00)
Corina Amor Vegas, a fourth-year student in the lab of Scott Lowe, was awarded the Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award from the National Cancer Institute. This grant celebrates outstanding graduate students who have shown exceptional potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. A GSK student has received this nationally competitive award every year since it was introduced in 2016.
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)
Mollie Chipman, a fourth-year student in the lab of Luis Parada, Ellen Horste, a fourth-year student in the lab of Christine Mayr, and Maria Sirenko, a fifth-year student in the lab of Elli Papaemmanouil, have each received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the NIH. These research training fellowships support promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers during the tenure of the award.