Carnegie Mellon University

Awards & Honors

Department of Biological Sciences faculty and students have garnered national and international attention for their research and educational achievements.

Faculty Graduate Students Undergraduate Students

Departmental Awards

de Vries Fellowship

The de Vries Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student every year for the impact and quality of their recent publication. This fellowship began in 2012 and was made possible through the generosity of alumnus and founder of Medidata Solutions, Glen de Vries.

Recipients

2015, Dan Shiwarski
2014, Rachel Vistein and Greg Smith
2013, Michael Gamalinda
2012, Kaitlyn Dykstra

Dr. Margaret Carver Graduate Student Travel Award

2015-2016

Nick Audette
Vinitha Ganesan
Tanva Shashikant
Lina Song
Zhongling Sun
Amanda Willard

2014-2015

Malachi Blundon
Berquin Feese
Ezgi Kunttas-Tatli
Olivia Molinar
Stacie Oliver
John Pettersson
Sahil Sangani

Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Experimental or Computational Biology

In 2008, the department lost a dear colleague, mentor and friend. Beth Jones was a wonderful scientist and scholar, but her real passion was for teaching and guiding undergraduate students. Jones believed that the best way to stimulate and excite students about science was to involve them within real, hands-on, original research. The result of her vision is that over 85% of biological sciences undergraduates experience valuable bench-side research, thereby stimulating scores of students to choose research careers. To honor her commitment to undergraduate research, the Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research was created, made possible by the generous contribution of her colleague Robert Murphy, Ray and Stephanie Lane Professor of Computational Biology. This award is given to honor the research efforts, be they experimental or computational, of a talented and dedicated undergraduate over their years at Carnegie Mellon.

Receipients

2016, Michelle S. Yu
2015, Hailey M. Brown
2014, Anthony Spadaro
2013, Xuexia Jiang
2012, Simone A. Costa
2011, Claire Steeves Koechlein
2010, Justine M. Harkness
2009, Kathleen Lenna McCann

Graduate Student Service Award

This award is given to a Biological Sciences graduate student for their service within and outside the department.

Recipients

2016, Zachary Weinberg
2015, Madhumitha Ramesh
2014, Ming Zhang
2013, Shanna Bowersox
2012, Rachel Vistein
2011, Elmer Ker
2010, Shu Ying Kwan
2009, Ken Hovis
2008, Jeanne Morin-Leisk
2007, Melissa Witzberger
2006, Christine Wang

Graduate Student Teaching Award

This award is given to a Biological Sciences graduate student for their service to the department with regards to teaching.

Recipients

2016, Amanda Willard
2015, Salini Konikkat
2014, Pieter Spealman
2013, Alys Cheatle
2012, Philip Davidson
2011, Tim Jarvela
2010, Shannon Quinn
2009, Jeanne Morin-Leisk
2008, Ken Hovis
2007, Rebecca Webb
2006, Narayanan Raghupathy
2005, Sandra Zimmerman
2004, Allison Marciszyn

The Semon H. Stupakoff Fellowship

The Semon H. Stupakoff Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student every year for the impact and quality of their recent publication. This fellowship began in 2012 and was named after alumnus Semon Stupakoff.

Recipients

2015, Tanvi Shashikant
2014, Jigar Desai
2013, Anmol Grover
2012, Tim Jarvela

Stupakoff Scientific Achievement Award

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This award of $5000 for research enrichment will be presented to each of two Biological Sciences Ph.D. students annually. The awardees will be selected based upon their record of research accomplishment and the projected research impact of their use of the award funds.

We are grateful to the donor whose contribution made this award possible, the late Semon Stupakoff (E’20). Mr. Stupakoff studied metallurgy at Carnegie Tech and received the alumni achievement award from Carnegie Mellon in 1979. Mr. Stupakoff made vast contributions to the production and development of improved ceramics and in the expansion of ceramics technology. The Stupakoff Ceramic and Manufacturing Company became a world leader in the production of highly technical ceramics. After his retirement, Mr. Stupakoff created a new company, the Latronics Corporation, which became a leader in production of ceramic to metal and glass to metal seals used in electronics.

Recipients

2016, Shawn Burton and Minyan Zheng