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

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.


2018

Homa Rahnamoun, Shannon Lauberth Lab
Ipshita Zutshi, Stefan Leutgeb 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.


2018

Hannah Strobel, 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.


2018

Kanika Khanna, Joe Pogliano Lab
Audrey Proenca, Lin Chao 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.


2018

Paulo De Oliveira Ceciliato, Julian Schroeder Lab
Yan Liang, Gen-Sheng Feng Lab
Ye Zhang, Chih-Ying Su 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.


2018

Dillon Travis, Joshua Kohn 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.


2018

Tim Shaw, Jens Lykke-Andersen Lab

McElroy Award

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


2018

Ida Naughton, David Holway Lab

Ray Thomas Edwards Award

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


2018

Donghyung Lee, Cory Root 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.


2018

Beverly Naigles, Nan Hao Lab

University

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

Marye Anne Fox Dissertation Year Fellowship


2017

Danielle Hagstrom, Eva-Maria Schoetz-Collins Lab

National

ARCS Foundation Fellowship


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


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.


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