Success And Celebration

June 25, 2015

In 2014-15 METX celebrated a big year with its 15th Anniversary and several student, post-doc, and alumni successes.

First, the METX Department would like to congratulate its 2014-15 graduates. Andrew Cheng, Phd (Yildiz Lab); Miles Duncan, PhD (Auerbuch Stone Lab); and Anna Lepore, MS (Camps Lab) all finished their degrees during spring quarter and are now off to exciting new places. Andrew Cheng will be a Microbiologist for Flora Therapeutics. Miles Duncan has been offered a postdoc at Tufts University School of Medicine. Anna Lepore is now a Research Intern at Anvil Biosciences. 

METX would also like to congratulate its continuing graduate students Kieran Collins, Jenna Conner, and Cherie Musgrove who received fellowships and recognitions this year.

Kieran Collins will be a fourth year grad in the Ottemann Lab and has recently been awarded the ARCS fellowship for 2015-16. The ARCS fellowship is a much sought after recognition indicating outstanding academic achievements. It offers scholars a year long stipend and honors them at the Annual ARCS Scholars Awards Luncheon in San Francisco and the Scholar Symposium.

Jenna Conner is entering her third year with the Yildiz Lab and was recently awarded a prestigious NSF fellowship for her proposal, “Salinity Regulates Biofilm Formation via a Novel C-di-GMP Receptor”. The NSF recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines with multi-year funding.

Cherie Musgrove, a fifth year graduate student in the Stone Lab was honored for her teaching skills with the METX Department Outstanding TA Award. For this award, the department selects its very best Teaching Assistant from the past year. Cherie’s undergraduates have many wonderful things to say about her enthusiasm for the discipline and ability to help them learn.

METX Post Doc, Anna Gallego Hernandez, who joined the Yildiz Lab last year with a UC MEXUS has been awarded a second year of funding. UC MEXUS is an academic research institute dedicated to encouraging, securing, and contributing to bi-national and Latin research and collaborative academic programs and exchanges. 

And last, but not least, Flegal Lab alumna Priya Ganguli has received the 2015 Outstanding Women in Science Award! This award is granted to a woman that has impacted the field of geosciences in a major way based on her Ph.D. research within the first three years following her degree.

Congratulations and keep up the good work METX!