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Walter F. Enz Award (2000)
American Foundation of Pharmaceutical Education Pre-doctoral Fellowship (1996, 1997, 1998)
Higuchi Graduate Fellowship (1994)
Leon Watters Memorial Award (1991, 1992)
In 2003, I was the first author for the paper awarded the AAPS PharmSci & AAPS PharmSciTech Outstanding Use of Technology Award. The award was based on the best use of technology in a journal article in the journals AAPS PharmSci and AAPS PharmSciTech. The award consisted of a cash award and a presentation at an award program at the 2003 annual AAPS meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In 2000, I was awarded the Walter F. Enz Award from Pharmacia & Upjohn. The award was based on scholastic and scientific achievment during graduate studies. The award consisted of a cash award and a presentation at an award program (at Pharmacia & Upjohn in Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 23 and 24, 2000). The following short history of the award was provided by Pharmacia.
Nagai Foundation Tokyo CRS Graduate Student Award
In 1998, I was awarded the Nagai Foundation Tokyo CRS Graduate Student Award. The award was based on merit and consisted of a cash award to help defray the costs to attend the CRS annual meeting held in Las Vegas, NV in 1998.
American Foundation of Pharmaceutical Education Pre-doctoral Fellowship:
I first received the American Foundation of Pharmaceutical Education (AFPE) Pre-doctoral Fellowship in 1996. The merit-based award could be renewed twice depending on progress. I received renewals in both 1997 and 1998. The fellowship consisted of a cash award applied toward my graduate stipend. The following description, provided by the AFPE, describes both the AFPE and the fellowship.
NIH Biological Chemistry Training Fellowship:
In 1995, I was awarded the NIH Biological Chemistry Training Fellowship. The fellowship was awarded on merit and progress during the first year of graduate school. The fellowships were part of a grant from the NIH to encourage interdisciplinary training. The award provided for my stipend, tuition, and health insurance for one year. The fellowships required the recipients to enroll in a broad base of classes providing interdisciplinary training. The NIH grant also provided for semi-annual meetings in which all of the fellowship recipients past and present participated. This allowed us to present our work to each other, broaden our scientific exposure, and foster collaborations.
Higuchi Graduate Fellowship in pharmaceutics:
The Higuchi Graduate Fellowships were funded from a donation by W.I. Higuchi, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the University of Utah. These were awarded on scholastic and scientific achievement. The fellowship provided for my stipend and tuition during my first year and the opportunity to participate in a rotation through 3 laboratories during my first year of study. I did rotations with Professors Kopecek [Report (235 KB PDF file)], Kim, and Ruffner [Report (258 KB PDF file)] before choosing Dr. Kopecek as my advisor.
Walter D. and Grace Bonner Memorial Award in chemistry
The Walter D. and Grace Bonner Memorial Award was given to outstanding graduating Seniors in chemsitry at the University of Utah based on their academic record. It consisted of a cash award. The fund was established as a memorial to Dr. and Mrs. Walter D. Bonner. Dr. Bonner was the former chair of the Chemistry Department.
University of Utah Liberal Education Study Abroad Scholarship:
The University of Utah Liberal Education Study Abroad Scholarship was designed to encourage students to participate in study abroad programs. The scholarship provided a merit-based cash award for students who would earn at least 9 hours of credit for the fulfillment the Liberal Education requirement. I was awarded the University of Utah Liberal Education Study Abroad Scholarship in 1992 when I participated in a study abroad program at the Carolo Wilhelmina Technische Universitšt in Braunschweig, Germany. While at the Technische Universitšt, I studied the German language, which I had started at the Univ. of Utah, and German culture. Upon returning, I finished the requirements for a minor in German at the Univ. of Utah.
Leon L. Watters Memorial Award in chemistry
The Leon L. Watters Memorial Award was given in recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement in chemistry and allied courses and promise of success in chemistry. It consisted of a cash award. I recieved this award in 1991 and again in 1992.
As an entering Freshman, I was awarded the University of Utah Chemistry Department Four-year Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded on merit. The scholarship provided for tuition for four years as well as a small cash award and the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research. I choose to work with the late J. Calvin Giddings, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Giddings invented field-flow fractionation in 1965 and contintued to modify and develop it into a highly sensitive separation method capible of revealing hard to obtain sample information. Working with Dr. Giddings was the best and most defining aspect of my undergraduate career, teaching me countless things about research, graduate studies, presenations, and publications.