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Featured Honoree: 2017  ALICE X.  ZHANG


MSTP PhD2 student Xuan Tran was award the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Award from October, 2016 to October, 2019. The Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation is a national organization dedicated to advancing science and technology in the United States by supporting the best and brightest U.S. graduate and undergraduate scholars in their science, engineering, and medical research. It is ARCS Foundation's belief that support of STEM education is essential to US economic growth and technological competitiveness, and helps to ensure continued US leadership in global innovation, health and quality of life. Since its founding in 1958, ARCS Foundation has awarded more than $100 million to 9,600 ARCS Scholars in top rated STEM programs at leading U.S. universities. A much-sought after recognition indicating outstanding academic achievements, ARCS Awards are applied towards many areas of research need, and are not restricted to tuition alone.

Xuan also received the Brain Research Institute Travel Award for November, 2016. Congratulations Xuan!


Student Awards:

- MSTP PhD3 student Richard A. Morgan was awarded an NIH F31 grant for his project titled "Improved Globin Expression Vectors for Gener Therapy of Human Hemoglobinopathies". Congratulations, Richard!

MSTP PhD3 student Alexander Sun was awarded an NIH F30 grant for his project titled "Quaternary Heterocycles for Drug Discovery". Congratulations, Alex!

MSTP PhD2 student Karthik V. Sarama was awarded an NCI F30 Award for his project titled "Development of a Multimodal Deep Learning Model for the Generation of Cancer Probability Maps and Imaging Biomarkers for Prostate Cancer using Multiparametric MRI. Congratulations Karthik!

- MSTP PhD5 student Esther Nie was awarded the prestigious Eva Kavan Prize for Excellence in Research on the Brain on June 14, 2016.  Congratulations, Esther!

MSTP PhD4 student Philip Bulterys won 2nd place in the 2016 UCLA Grad Slam competition with his research on "Disarming Deadly Bacteria". Congratulations, Philip!

- MSTP PhD3 student Sophie Rengarajan was awarded an NIGMS F30 Award for her project titled "Dopaminergic modulation of CO2 response during starvation in C. elegans."  Congratulations, Sophie!

- MSTP PhD3 student Cynthia He was awarded an NINDS F30 Award for her project titled "Linking defects in cortical network activity with altered sensory perception in Fragile X mice."  Congratulations, Cynthia!

- MSTP PhD3 student Pradeep Rajendran was awarded an NHLBI F31 Award for his project titled "Myocardial Infarction Alters Information Processing within the Intrinsic Cardiac Nervous System."  Congratulations, Pradeep!

- MSTP PhD4 student Narsis Attar was awarded an NCI F30 Award for her grant titled "Dynamics of Global Histone Acetylation in Regulating Intracellular pH". Congratulations, Narsis!

- MSTP PhD4 student Steven Klein wins the Autism Speaks Weatherstone Fellowship! Congratulations, Steve!

- MSTP PhD2 student Karthik V. Sarma chosen to receive the RSNA (Radiological Society of North America) Trainee Research Prize for his project titled: "An Investigational Patch-based Convolutional Neural Network Model for the Detection of Clinically Significant Prostate Cancer using Multiparametric MRI". Congratulations Karthik!


Information on finding a mentor:

- How to pick a graduate adviser - by Ben Barres

- How to evaluate a graduate studentship, or choosing the right doctoral adviser - by Duncan Odom


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