The awards for Graduate Student Research Days were given at the Graduate School Awards Luncheon held on Friday, March 9 in the HUC Great Hall. Out of 144 student participants, 38 received 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards in most areas. For a complete list of student winners, visit www.uab.edu/graduate/researchday.
Mark your 2008 calendar! Next year's Graduate Student Research Days will be held on February 28 & 29.
The Samuel B. Barker Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies is the Graduate School Dean’s award, which is given to one doctoral and one master’s candidate, each of whom will graduate during the current calendar year. Each candidate is nominated by the faculty in their program, and the winners were recognized at the Graduate School Awards Luncheon. The 2007 recipients are Chris Mahan at the Masters level from the graduate program in english and T. Scott Isbell at the Doctoral level from the graduate program in pathology.
Before calling each recipient up to receive the award, Dean Noe read a few excerpts from each candidate's nomination letters. Regarding Chris Mahan, one nominator wrote, "this student has distinguished himself by several qualities he brings to all his interests -- a passionate intellectual curiosity, an equally passionate commitment to follow this curiosity into whatever new and unforeseen areas it might take him, and a determination to apply his academic education to the enlightenment of his broader life." Another faculty member wrote, "this student embodies the very best of the ideals we might hope to see in our students, both as they work here and as they leave here."
A faculty member of Scott Isbell's department wrote, "He has been academically outstanding, has received several young investigator awards for his reserach excellence, and has been very active in student service. Consequently, he has made a very positive impression on not only fellow students, but faculty across campus." Another faculty member wrote, "He is a model student who combines motivation with a hard working attitude with sincerity. Coupled with his intellect and aptitude in biomedical research I predict a stellar career for this talented young scientist."
For more information regarding the Barker Award along with a list of past winners, please visit http://main.uab.edu/sites/gradschool/101332/.
The newly created Office of Graduate Biomedical Sciences (“GBS”) recently opened in SHEL 120, in the Shelby Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building at the corner of University and 19th Street South. Initial GBS occupants include the following graduate programs and staff: Integrative Biomedical Sciences (IBS), Randy Seay, Program Manager; Neuroscience, Patricia Matthews, Program Manager; and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Med-Grad Fellowship Program, Cyndi Knight, Program Manager, as well as the office of the Associate Dean for Life Sciences, Susan Rich, PhD. Additional programs and staff are anticipated to join GBS this spring.
This grouping of programs will promote new collaborative activities and services in support of graduate students in the biomedical and related sciences. It also reflects the interdisciplinary profile of the various research groups who now populate Shelby. The Office for Postdoctoral Education is adjacent to the GBS and new collaborations among these offices in career development activities and training grant assistance are planned. In addition, a student lounge for study and social activities and a large conference room are in the immediate vicinity. These have already hosted poster sessions, social events, seminars and classes, including Graduate School Professional Development Program offerings. These facilities are scheduled through the GBS, by contacting Cyndi Knight at email@example.com or 934-2845.
As you know, all Graduate School forms are available online. When you visit the Graduate School Website at www.uab.edu/graduate, a link to Online Forms is available in the Quick Links section.
It is important to remember that these forms, especially the Application for Degree, must be typed to ensure accuracy. It will also help our office expedite the form in a timely manner.
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