News and Awards

27th Annual Ida M. Green Award Recipient Announced

Please join the Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in congratulating award recipient Candace Thoth as she has been selected to receive the 27th Annual Ida M. Green Award. Candace has conducted her research in the Clinical Psychology graduate program under mentor Sunita Stewart, Ph.D., ABPP. This honor carries a monetary award provided by the Women in Science and Medicine Advisory Committee (WISMAC) and the Southwestern Medical Foundation.

Ida M. Green, who died in 1986, championed the cause of opening new career paths for women in science and provided a major bequest to Southwestern Medical Foundation. The Ida M. Green Award was established in 1987 to honor Mrs. Green, and to acknowledge the many generous contributions she and her husband, Cecil, have made to our university. 

2013 Ida M. Green Nominees

Complete list of Ida M. Green Recipients 

34th Annual Nominata Award Call for Nominations

The Nominata Award was created by the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) in 1980 to stimulate academic excellence and research achievement among the advanced graduate students. The award consisted of a $1,000 prize and a $100 gift certificate from Majors Scientific Book Store. 

The Scholarship Committee, composed of faculty and student representatives, judged the nominees on academic and research performance. Today, the Committee on Graduate School Awards, composed solely of graduate faculty, judges the nominees.

The recipient receives a monetary award and is granted the honor of presenting their research to the UT Southwestern community within the forum of the University Lecture Series. 

 Call for nominations will be announced soon. 

 Complete list of Nominata Award Recipients

Winners: 2012 GSO Poster Session and 44th Annual Sigma Xi Abstract Competition

UT Southwestern Graduate School is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Graduate Student Organization Poster Session and the 44th Annual Sigma Xi Abstract Competition. The purpose of the poster session was to give graduate students an informal venue to share their research with the UTSW community. The abstract competition’s purpose was to encourage graduate students to write a concise abstract of their research such that the objectives of the project were clear to a non-expert in the field.

2012 Graduate School Organization Poster Session

Best of Show

Bethany Weigele – Molecular MicrobiologyNeal Alto, mentor

Top Five

Bethany Weigele – also received Best of Show
Nikolay Burnaevskiy – Cell RegulationNeal Alto, mentor
Shannon Rich – NeuroscienceJonathan Terman, mentor
Leilani Marty Santos – Genetics and DevelopmentOndine Cleaver, mentor
Ryan Jones – Integrative BiologyJoyce Repa, mentor

Honorable Mention

Carlos Gil del Alcazar – Cancer BiologySandeep Burma, mentor
Victoria Ulrich – Integrative BiologyPhilip Shaul, mentor
Su-Tang Lo – Radiological Sciences, Xiankai Sun, mentor
Ty Troutman, ImmunologyChandrashekhar Pasare, mentor
Anna Marie Taylor, Cell RegulationJoyce Repa, mentor

44th Annual Sigma Xi Winners

Top Pick

Maithili Dalvi – Cancer BiologyJohn Minna, mentor

Honorable Mentions

Jeremy Semeiks – Molecular BiophysicsNick Grishin, mentor
Ryan Carstens – Cancer BiologyJohn Minna, mentor
Kartik Rajagopalan – Cancer BiologyRalph Deberardinis, mentor
Ty Troutman – ImmunologyChandrashekhar Pasare, mentor

To all who submitted entries, your efforts are acknowledged, and thank you for your participation. To all faculty, our appreciation goes out to you for supporting your respective students. Thank you for making this year's competition a great success!

You are strongly encouraged to present a poster at the 2013 Graduate Student Poster Session and to submit an abstract to the 45th Annual Sigma Xi Abstract Competition for consideration of an award. Details to be announced at a later date.  

2012 Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research Recipient Announced

UT Southwestern Graduate School is pleased to announce Enzo Porrello, Ph.D. as this year’s recipient for the Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research. This top award honors the outstanding accomplishments of a postdoctoral research scholar participating in the Postdoctoral Certificate Training Programs of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Porrello was mentored by Eric Olsen, Ph.D., Professor and Chairman of Molecular Biology. Nominations are sought from faculty members and postdoctoral scholars and finalists are interviewed by the Committee on Graduate School Awards. The committee chooses the awardee based on these criteria:

  • The scholar’s creativity, productivity, presentation skills, and potential for an outstanding independent research path
  • The originality, depth, and documented scientific impact of the postdoctoral research project(s) performed at UT Southwestern

Dr. Porrello presented his research Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in conjunction with the University Lecture Series.

Previous Winners of the Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research:

2011 Tongjin Zhao, Ph.D.      Molecular Genetics  Joe Goldstein, M.D.
2010  Lit-Hsin Loo, Ph.D.   Pharmacology      Lani Wu, Ph.D. and  Steven Altschuler, Ph.D.
2008  Shusheng Wang, Ph.D.   Molecular Biology Eric Olson, Ph.D.
2007 Angelique Whitehurst, Ph.D. Cell Biology    Michael White, Ph.D.