2013 Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Awards for Undergraduate Students

2012-2013 Awardees:

Grace Blitzer 

Grace C. Blitzer
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

“I am planning on obtaining my MD and becoming an oncologist. I will continue in cancer research, using the AACR meetings as a way to improve my knowledge of new discoveries and inspire my research.”

Sara Coulup 

Sara K. Coulup
University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

“My plan is to pursue a PhD in medicinal chemistry with a focus in synthetic organic chemistry. I hope to use my degree to conduct research towards the development of small molecule drug candidates that target cancer and other diseases.”

Victoria Deneke 

Victoria E. Deneke
Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, Notre Dame, Indiana

“I have an interest in pursuing a PhD program with a focus on biomedical engineering or cancer biology. After my graduate studies, I want to continue researching in the cancer field and eventually start my own multidisciplinary research laboratory at a university, developing molecular mechanisms to better target cancer cells.”

Lois M. Dodson 

Lois M. Dodson
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

“I seek to continue learning how my work with histone methyltransferases relates to cancer biology as a whole. After graduation I will pursue an MD/PhD degree. I hope to make contributions to the field as a physician scientist.”

Jerry Fong 

Jerry Fong
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

“I hope to pursue an MD/PhD in biomedical engineering. With this background, I hope to conduct research as a primary investigator, practice in the clinic and teach at the university level.”

Wenji Guo 

Wenji Guo
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

“My long-range aspiration is to become a scientist and oncologist with the major priority of running an active cancer research laboratory as a primary investigator. […] My goal is to pursue a joint MD/PhD through the Medical Scientist Training Program funded by the NIH at a world-class research institution.”

Selena Kuo 

Selena Kuo
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California

“In the future, I plan to earn an MD/PhD degree. Being a physician-scientist will allow me to have the closeness to my patients while still fulfilling my interest in research.”

Russell Ledet 

Russell J. Ledet
Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

“I want to focus on educating underrepresented populations on this disease and preventative measures. In order to accomplish this, my goal is to obtain a dual degree MD/PhD in cancer biology.”

Daniel Macaulay 

Daniel O. Macaulay
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas

“I am particularly interested in the area of prostate cancer research. I expect to graduate and try to get into a graduate program at any of the universities within the U.S. with a good biomedical/cancer research track, and I am considering enrolling for an MD/PhD program.”

Clarissa Martins 

Clarissa R. Martins
University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada

“With my interest in medicine and now my fascination with cancer research, I have decided that the best way for me to fight back against cancer is to become a pediatric oncologist, and I would like to continue on in research.”

Gael Nicolas 

Gael R. Nicolas
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

“Attending the national conference provides me with many opportunities to meet with many different professionals and experts in different fields of cancer research. It is my hope that these connections will have a significant influence on where I will continue my education and research.”

Elham Rahimy 

Elham Rahimy
University of California, San Diego, San Diego, California

“After graduating, I intend to enroll in an MD/PhD program to pursue a career as a physician-scientist. I hope to specialize in medical oncology while continuing my passion for cancer research, specifically by investigating and developing novel therapeutic strategies to target cancer stem cells.”

John Robinson 

John L. Robinson
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida

“My plans for the future include becoming a physician-scientist, gaining a strong background in cancer immunotherapy. I plan on putting all my efforts toward translational research.”

Connie Shi 

Connie R. Shi
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

“In the future, I am interested in working with a multidisciplinary team in a university setting and using my clinical and research expertise to improve outcomes for cancer patients.”

Ron Siebenaler 

Ronald F. Siebenaler
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

“I plan to pursue a combined MD/PhD and specialize in hematology/oncology to conduct translational research that will help improve survival and the standard of care for patients with acute myeloid leukemia or AML.”

Helen Unger 

Helen Unger
Yeshiva University, New York, New York

“After completing my undergraduate degree in biology, I would like to pursue graduate studies in the biomedical sciences. At this time, my research experience has been mainly in the field of cancer genetics, but I am eager to explore many new areas in biology. After earning my graduate degree, I would like to conduct research in academia, which would allow me to be involved in teaching.”

Jimmy Vo 

Jimmy N. Vo
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

“I wish to continue my path towards becoming a medical scientist in cancer immunotherapy.”

2013-2014 Awardees:

 Sepideh Ashrafzadeh

Sepideh Ashrafzadeh
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

"I plan to earn an MD/PhD so that I can research in the lab and then translate my findings to clinical practice by making better-informed diagnoses and novel cancer therapies."

 Joyce C. Ohiri

Joyce C. Ohiri
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland

"In order to tackle challenging issues in this field, I believe I need to have the clinical and research training of an MD/PhD to strengthen my understanding of the human anatomy and comprehensive mechanisms governing cancer and infertility."