Academic Honors&Fellowships

 
Honors, scholarships, and research fellowships awarded

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2017-2022

 

$138,000 Five-year Award for full academic research freedom at any US accredited University.
The NSF GRFP helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions, helping them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Currently, 42 Fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates, and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences. Past fellows also include U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Google founder Sergey Brin, and Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt.

2021 Forbes 30 Under 30

 

Named to the 10th Annual Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 list in the Science category. Selection by reporters, editors, and expert industry judges editors who pick the world’s most impactful community of young entrepreneurs and game-changers. In addition to the magazine feature, Forbes hosts an annual 30 Under 30 Summit.

Mildred E. Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant, UC Natural Reserve System

 

Research grant for graduate students to establish independent research projects at UC Natural Reserves. Recipients gain experience submitting research proposals, writing progress reports, and managing grant budgets. Awardees present their findings at the Mathias Graduate Student Research Grant Symposium, held every three years.

1st Place, 2020 Genome Editing Symposium Lightning Talks, Texas A&M

 

Held virtually during the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Competitors explained their research in under 5 minutes using a maximum of 3 static PowerPoint slides. A committee of faculty judges scored the talks according to excellent oral competency and clear dissemination of knowledge, appropriate and innovative research methodology, and quality of content being cohesive, creative, relevant, and impactful.

NASA Ames Research Center Space Life Sciences Training Award 


NASA Academy program: Selected to work closely with several renowned NASA scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research projects, attend technical lectures given by experts on a wide range of topics, and acquire the skills to conduct life science experiments in space.

President's Student Leadership and Service Award


In honor of outstanding undergraduate students for exceptional academic achievements, personal character, leadership qualities and contributions to the University of Minnesota. 

2014 Tony Diggs Excellence Award


In recognition of an exceptional new student organization that has demonstrated significant success and development, particularly in their contributions to the University and meeting the mission and goals of their group within their first year. 

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Award (UROP)
 

Awarded by the University of Minnesota Office of Undergraduate Research

 

Gold Medal 
Best Environment Project 


Awarded by the International Genetically Engineered Machine Giant Jamboree of 2014

UMN BioTechnology Institute Undergraduate Fellowship: Independent Research


Fellowship awarded by the BioTechnology Institute to perform research of the student's design, administered with the Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

Michael Loveless Memorial Scholarship

 

In recognition of students who exemplify outstanding academic performance, community service, and student leadership on and off campus.
 

College of Biological Sciences Annual Scholarship


In recognition of outstanding academic achievements in the pursuit of a career in the biological sciences.

Bronze Medal 


Awarded by the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition of 2013

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research Fellowship


Fellowship awarded by HHMI and the UMN College of Biological Sciences 

Outstanding Achiever Award; Best Cumulative Score in Egypt Across 6 Subjects
Awarded by the University of Cambridge, UK
Excellence In Egypt Award
(2010, 2009) 


Awarded by the University of Cambridge, UK

 

Goethe Institut "Schulen: Partner der Zukunft" Scholarship

The PASCH initiative ("Schools: Partners for the Future“)   was founded in February 2008 by the German Federal Foreign Affairs Office. 60 students were selected based on German language proficiency scores from more than 2000 schools to pursue a course of study in Germany for 3 months. The goal of the program was to arouse and sustain young students' interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany, German society and the German language, and develop their intercultural skills and experience Germany and its culture at first hand. 

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