Graduate Student Awards

Biology graduate students have won awards at the university and national level. Congratulations to our students who've  received the following honors and awards. Follow the linked year to read the associated news release. 

Division

Only recent divisional awards are listed on this page. Awards from previous years are listed in the Graduate Student Awards Archive. 

view previous year recipients in the award archive

Alstroemeria Endowed Fellowship in Plant Biology

This fellowship is awarded once every four years to an outstanding doctoral student under the mentorship of a professor researching plant related subjects and will fully cover the portion of a graduate stipend not covered by the thesis advisor.


2019

Joshua Chevez, Jose Pruneda-Paz Lab

Biology Founding Faculty Award for Graduate Excellence

Founded in 2014, the $1,000 award is bestowed annually through an endowment from the Division of Biological Sciences’ founding faculty.


2019

Hannah Grunwald, Kimberly Cooper Lab

Chris Wills Endowed Graduate Student Research Award

The Chris Wills Endowed Graduate Student Research Award provides support for the scholarly activities of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution PhD students conducting a wide range of dissertation-oriented research, including laboratory and field studies.


2019

Joshua Borin, Justin Meyer Lab

David V. Goeddel Chancellor's Fellowship

A UC San Diego alumnus and biotechnology pioneer, Goeddel established the endowment to support and foster the innovators and scientists of the future. His endowment, which is matched by the division, each year supports the research and scholarly activities of outstanding Biological Sciences graduate students.


2019

Jacey Jijun Liu, Gen-Sheng Feng Lab
Hannah Tsunemoto, Joseph Pogliano Lab

David V. Goeddel Endowed Graduate Fellowship

A UC San Diego alumnus and biotechnology pioneer, Goeddel established the endowment to support and foster the innovators and scientists of the future. His endowment, which is matched by the division, each year supports the research and scholarly activities of outstanding Biological Sciences graduate students.


2019

Jenny He, Matthew Banghart Lab
Alexander Neu, Kaustuv Roy Lab
Seungyoon Blenda Yu, Gulcin Pekkurnaz Lab

Jeanne M. Messier Memorial Fellowship

This fellowship helps first year Ecology, Behavior & Evolution doctoral students initiate dissertation fieldwork that might not otherwise be possible without the funding.


2019

Henry Baker, Jonathan Shurin Lab
Kelly Flanders, Carolyn Kurle Lab
Amy Geffre, James Nieh Lab

Marguerite Vogt Award

An endowment to provide fellowships for graduate students in the Biological Sciences at UC San Diego. In alternate years, fellowships are awarded to UC San Diego graduate students assigned to the Salk Institute.


2019

Antonia Darragh, Scott Rifkin Lab
Gokhan Senturk, Samuel Pfaff Lab

McElroy Award

The McElroy award provides support for an annual lectureship in Biochemistry, research or a graduate student award.


2019

Eray Enustun, Joseph Pogliano Lab

Ray Thomas Edwards Award

The Ray Thomas Edwards Endowed Fellowship Award provides financial assistance to outstanding graduate students in the Department of Biology.


2019

Delaney Pagliuso, Amy Pasquinelli Lab

Ruth Stern Fellowship

The Ruth Stern award provides support to incoming graduate students with fellowships in the Division of Biological Sciences and awards up to four students per year.


2019

Sumedha Ravishankar, Cressida Madigan Lab

University

Barbara and Paul Saltman Excellent Teaching Award

The Distinguished Teaching Award is a prestigious award bestowed upon up to five members of the Academic Senate, three non-Senate faculty members, and three graduate students at UC San Diego each year. Read more


2019

Raymond Mak, Alan Saghatelian Lab

Chancellor's Dissertation Medal

Criteria used by a faculty Dissertation Medal selection committee included: impact (the importance/impact of the research to the field and/or the department); originality (the insight, originality and creativity shown by the author); presentation (the effectiveness of the writing, clarity and organization of the thesis) and quality (the soundness of the methodology and the quality of the data).


2017

James Broughton, Amy Pasquinelli Lab

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award

The annual Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action and Diversity Awards Program honors staff, faculty, students, departments, and organizational units or groups that make outstanding contributions in the areas of equal opportunity, affirmative action, diversity, and the UCSD Principles of Community during the year.


2018

Chandler Puritty, Elsa Cleland Lab

Grad SLAM Champion

The annual Grad SLAM competition challenges graduate students from across campus in a variety of disciplines to distill their research into short, captivating presentations that anyone from grade schoolers to grandparents can understand. The Grad SLAM champion will move onto the University of California system-wide Grad SLAM finals.


2019

Angela Nicholson, Amy Pasquinelli Lab

Mary Anne Fox Dissertation Year Fellowship

The Mary Anne Fox Dissertation Year Fellowship awards $22,000, tuition, and fees, to a student who demonstrates a highly distinguished academic record. This fellowship provides a full year of support for students in the final stages of their dissertation.


2017

Danielle Hagstrom, Eva-Maria Schoetz-Collins Lab

Student Veteran of the Year

The Student Veteran of the Year is nominated by the campus community and awarded to a full-time student veteran for their involvement in campus activities, contribution to student morale, and service to the community.


2019

Emerald Liu, Lisa McDonnell Lab

National

ARCS Foundation Fellowship

A national nonprofit organization led entirely by women, the ARCS Foundation awards fellowships that recognize exceptional students pursuing research in the natural sciences, engineering and medicine


2018

Laura Chipman, Amy Pasquinelli Lab
Homa Rahnamoun, Shannon Lauberth Lab

2016

Ben Rubin, Susan Golden Lab
Danielle Hagstrom, Eva-Maria Schoetz-Collins Lab

Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Named for Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African American doctoral recipient in the United States, the Bouchet Society seeks to recognize and continue Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet’s pioneering contributions to doctoral education by developing a network of pre-eminent scholars who serve as examples of leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.


2019

Chandler Puritty, Elsa Cleland Lab

2017

Dianne Pater, Julian Schroeder Lab

2016

Leilani Cruz, Li-Fan Lu Lab

HHMI Gilliam Fellowship

The goal of the program, which supports exceptionally promising doctoral students motivated to pursue careers in academic science, is to prepare a diverse and highly trained scientific workforce that can help develop the next generation of scientists.


2019

Donte Stevens, Samara Reck-Peterson Lab

2017

Marie Adomako, Susan Golden Lab

2016

Kyle Begovich, Jim Wilhelm Lab

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) offered 2,000 fellowship awards this year following a national competition. The program recruits high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers, and supports their graduate research training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.


2019

Rhea-Comfort Addo, Deborah Yelon Lab
Chris Beierschmitt, Matthew Daugherty Lab
Devon Birdseye, Steven Briggs Lab
Alana Gibson, Susan Ackerman Lab
Donte Stevens, Samara Reck-Peterson Lab

2018

Danielle Garshott, Eric Bennett Lab
Homa Rahnamoun, Shannon Lauberth Lab

2017

Brooke Anderson, Rachel Dutton Lab
Stephanie Nehasil, Carolyn Kurle Lab
Amy Pribadi, Sreekanth Chalasani Lab
Laura Chipman, Amy Pasquinelli Lab
Angela Nicholson, Amy Pasquinelli Lab

2016

Daniela Zarate, Joshua Kohn Lab