Matthew Stilwell, Biophysics graduate student in the laboratory of Doug Weibel, and collaborator Mengyi Cao (Bacteriology) were recently announced as winners of the WARF Discovery Challenge. This competition aims to promote cross-disciplinary research and provides students an opportunity to seek new collaborators. Matthew and Mengyi's project "A Microfluidic Device for Tracking Bacteria-Animal Symbioses" demonstrated the need for cross-discipline collaboration while displaying innovation.
The Sigrid Leirmo Award is given to a graduate student or postdoctoral student who best exemplifies the spirit of Sigrid Leirmo. Sigrid received her PhD degree in Biochemistry in 1989 and was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Bacteriology when she died tragically in an accident in 1990. This award acknowledges a graduate student or postdoctoral student who is acknowledged by her peers and advisors as one who displays clear promise as a research scientist. Most importantly, the award is to be designated in appreciation of the student's consistent willingness to contribute to the intellectual and technical potential of her fellow students and colleagues through the selfless help of others.
Julia Nepper, a Biophysics graduate student in the Doug Webiel lab, and Angela Varela, a Biophysics graduate student in the Silvia Cavagnero lab, has been awarded NSF fellowships..
Congratulations to Julia and Angela on this fantastic honor!