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41st Annual Nominata Award

Jin Suk Park
Jin Suk Park, Ph.D.

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is pleased to announce Jin Suk Park of the Cancer Biology Graduate Program and Mechanisms of Disease and Translational Science Track as the 2020 recipient of the Nominata Award.  The Nominata Award is the highest honor for academic and research accomplishment bestowed by the graduate school unto an advanced graduate student. 

In addition, George Wendt of the Medical Scientist Training Program and is a student in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program, recipient of a Dean’s Discretionary Award, which reflects his notable research accomplishments and extraordinary ability to communicate their science outside of their field. 


The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) created the Nominata Award in 1980 to stimulate academic excellence and research achievement among advanced graduate students. The award consisted of a $2,000 prize and a $100 gift certificate from Majors Scientific Books. The Scholarship Committee, composed of faculty and student representatives, judged the nominees on academic and research performance. Today, the Committee on Graduate School Awards, comprised 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.

New Proposed Call for Nominations Date: TBD
Deadline to Submit Nominations: TBD

Complete list of Nominata Award Recipients 

Brown-Goldstein Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research

Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D
Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D

Anju Sreelatha, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Molecular Biology, is the 2019 recipient of the Brown-Goldstein Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research. Honoring the contributions of Drs. Brown and Goldstein to the training of the next generation of scientists, this award is the highest honor for research accomplishment bestowed by the Graduate School on a postdoctoral trainee. Chosen by a committee of graduate school faculty members, the winner receives a monetary prize as well as the opportunity to give the University Lecture.

Dr. Sreelatha is a graduate of UT Southwestern Graduate School and an alumnus of the UTD Green Fellows program. Along with her mentor, Dr. Vincent Tagliabracci, Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology, Anju discovered two novel kinase families that have expanded the diversity and catalytic versatility of the protein kinase superfamily. She discovered a new enzymatic activity for a predicted inactive pseudokinase, Selenoprotein O (SelO) revealing the first member of the protein kinase superfamily that catalyzes a post-translational modification known as AMPylation.  These results have important implications not only in the protein kinase research field, but also in disease states where oxidative stress is an important factor, such as cancer, neurodegeneration and aging.

In addition, finalists Brandon Faubert, Ph.D., Catherine Makarewich, Ph.D., and Cunqi Ye, Ph.D., postdoctoral scholars in the Children’s Research Institute, Department of Molecular Biology, and Department of Biochemistry respectively, will receive Dean’s Discretionary Awards.

New Proposed Call for Nominations Date: TBA
Deadline to Submit Nominations: TBA
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34th Annual Ida M. Green Award

Ida M Green Award Divya Bezwada
Divya Bezwada

Please join the Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in congratulating award recipient Divya Bezwada on her selection to receive the 34th Annual Ida M. Green Award.

Divya’s research accomplishments as a Mechanism of Disease and Translational Science student in the Cancer Biology Program are impressive. Her dissertation research in progress in the HHMI lab of Ralph J. DeBerardinis, M.D., Ph.D., Children’s Research Institute, uses state of the art methods to analyze metabolic activity in kidney cancers in vivo, bridging the operating room and the laboratory to reveal metabolic changes in malignant cells that can be exploited diagnostically and therapeutically. She has also made outstanding service contributions to UT Southwestern Graduate School and the overall UT Southwestern community.  

The Ida M. Green Award was established in 1987 with a bequest from Mrs. Green to Southwestern Medical Foundation. With encouragement from her husband, Cecil Green, the award was established to acknowledge a female graduate student in the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to research excellence, the well-being of fellow students, and exceptional community service.  The honor comes with a monetary award provided by the Women in Science and Medicine Advisory Committee (WISMAC) and Southwestern Medical Foundation.

The award ceremony has been postponed at this time due to COVID-19. We will reschedule at a later time.

New Proposal Call for Nominations Date: January 18, 2021

Deadline to Submit Nominations: February 19, 2021

To learn more about this award and completion, please email Southwestern Graduate School

William F. and Grace H. Kirkpatrick Award

Mark Landy
Mark Landy

On behalf of the Graduate School Awards Committee, we are pleased to announce the recipient of the William F. and Grace H. Kirkpatrick Award is Mark Landy.

The Kirkpatrick award supports the most scientifically meritorious proposals submitted as an NIH F31 or equivalent individual predoctoral fellowship application by a graduate student during the previous year.  The award provides $25,000 to support the proposed research, titled “Elucidating the Role of Prdm12 in the Development and Maintenance of Nociceptive Neurons.

Mark, a student in the Medical Scientist Training Program, is in year 3 of his dissertation research in the Neuroscience Graduate Program under the mentorship of Dr. Helen Lai.


Funds distributed will be used to provide seed grants to promising investigators who are to be selected on an annual basis by the Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs (or his equivalent) in concert with the Dean of Southwestern Medical School and the Dean of Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. 

New Proposed Call for Nominations Date: September 3, 2020
Deadline to Submit Nominations: October 2, 2020
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