2015 Department Scholarship Winners

George L. and Cleo S. Cross Graduate Endowed Scholarships - $2000 each

Were awarded to Mr. Zhou Shi, Ms. Annette De Capite, and Ms. Nisha Patel.  Zhou is a Microbiology Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Joe Zhou who has earned a 3.80 GPA.  His future plans are to continue his study on biological questions through the development of algorithms and software tools specifically data pre-processing, analysis and interpretation of genomic/metagenomics data, computational algorithms and tools to analyze large biological data sets, especially sequencing and microarray data.  Annette is a Microbiology graduate student in Dr. Kathleen Duncan’s lab who has earned a 4.0 GPA.   She is currently writing her thesis and applying for graduate programs. After completing her graduate degree she plans on pursuing her Ph.D. in Microbiology with an emphasis on environmental and applied microbiology focusing on environmental decontamination and sustainable industrial practices.  Eventually Annette looks forward to obtaining a University tenure-track position, but also wants to be involved in advocating environmental health through outreach programs.  Nisha is a Microbiology Ph.D. student with a 4.0 GPA working in the lab of Dr. Paul Lawson.  Her plans are to complete her Ph.D. in the Microbiology program here at OU with an expected graduation date of Spring 2018.  Although Nisha is undecided on her long term career goals, after having worked as a clinical microbiologist on some collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) she looks forward to possibly working in the future with medical teams to study bacteria and diseases associated with them.

 

George L. and Cleo S. Cross Undergraduate Endowed Scholarships - $1000 each

Were awarded to Mr. Kenneth Sandoval, Ms. Krishna Manohar and Mr. Phillip Foster.  Kenneth is a senior majoring in Microbiology with a 3.59 GPA.  He plans to graduate in the Fall of 2015.  After graduation he looks forward to attending graduate school and gaining experience in the field of biotechnology.  Kenneth is particularly interested in the applications of microalgae and cyanobacteria have and the effect they could have on some of today’s health issues.  Krishna is a senior majoring in Microbiology with a 3.75 GPA who plans to graduate in Spring 2016.  She plans to pursue a career in medicine and biomedical research.  As a result of some unfortunate experiences in her early years to those around her, she became very interested in not only becoming a doctor but also conducting scientific research.  She is currently conducting her own research project that involves microbial products and how they affect gingival fibroblast activity both with and without hyperglycemic conditions.  Phillip is a senior majoring in Microbiology earning a 3.79 GPA.  He plans to graduate in the Fall of 2015.  After graduation Phillip would like to attend medical school and work toward a specialization in infectious diseases then possibly work with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).


Dr. Larry and Terri Cartmell Scholarship for Medical Technology - $1500

Was awarded to Ms. Nicole Rodriguez.  Nicole is a senior majoring in Microbiology with a 3.85 GPA with plans to graduate in the Spring of 2016.  Following graduation Nicole’s career goal is to become a cardiovascular surgeon possibly specializing in pediatric cardiology.


Paul G. Risser Scholarship - $1500

was awarded to Mr. Thomas Davis.  Thomas is a senior majoring in Microbiology with a 3.88 GPA.  He plans to attend medical school at the University of Oklahoma and specialize in Immunology/Pathogenics so that he may be able to help patients with immune irregularities.


Lois Pfiester Women in Science Scholarship - $750

was awarded to Ms. Alyssa Hill.  Alyssa is a Microbiology Ph.D. student and a McNair Scholar with a 4.0 GPA.  She plans to graduate in the Spring of 2017.  Currently working in the lab of Dr. Susan Schroeder, Alyssa investigates the folding and self-assembly of prohead RNA (pRNA), an essential component of phi29-like bacteriophage DNA packaging motors. Though Alyssa is uncertain of her path following graduation she would like to assist in improving STEM education by either finding or creating new opportunities to contribute.


Harrison L. Chance Scholarship - $750

was awarded to Ms. Melissa Chanderban.  Melissa is a junior majoring in Microbiology with a 3.84 GPA and plans on graduating in the Spring of 2017.  After graduation she plans on attending graduate school and working towards a Ph.D. in Microbiology.   Melissa would like to work at a research university so she can teach and continue conducting research in the field of anaerobic microbiology to investigate connections between human gut microbes and immune responses.


Margaret Root McKinley Scholarship - $500

was awarded to Ms. Saba Imani.  Saba is senior majoring in Microbiology with a 4.0 GPA and plans on graduating in the Spring of 2016.  After completing her undergraduate studies she plans on pursuing a MD/PhD in Microbiology and Immunology and become a physician/scientist.