2020 

Sherman R. and Deborah Ann Dickman Graduate Student Travel Fellowship

Sherman R. Dickman was a biochemist in the University of Utah School of Medicine who studied mechanisms of translation. In honor of his contribution to education at the University of Utah, we are proud to announce a bequest to support travel for current graduate students. This $500 travel award will be given to a graduate student to attend a conference of their choice during the next year. The award will be given to students who have excelled academically at Utah. Priority will be given to under-represented PhD candidates pursuing an education in the School of Medicine in a subject related to Biochemistry.

2020 Awardees 

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 Qian Xue and Jesse Velasco 


Marjorie Riches Gunn Award for Graduate Student Excellence

We are pleased to announce the third annual Marjorie Riches Gunn Award competition for PhD graduate
students in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. Marjorie (Marge) Riches Gunn is a longtime
friend of the Department. She was secretary to Leo Samuels, who was the first chair of Biochemistry
(1943-64) after the foundation of our four-year medical school. Marge was therefore a key personality in
defining the culture of excellence and communal support that we continue to cherish. Marge’s husband,
Francis Gunn, was chair of the Department of Pathology (1945-53), and it is fitting that laboratories in
Biochemistry and Pathology currently share space in the Emma Eccles Jones Medical Research Building and
have numerous productive interactions. We are delighted to honor Marge’s friendship and generosity with this
award, which will be given annually to the Biochemistry PhD candidate who is judged by the faculty to most
exemplify our values of scientific excellence.

Eligibility criteria

The competition is open to any current Biochemistry PhD candidate whose faculty mentor has a primary or
adjunct appointment in the Department. Students must have successfully passed their preliminary exam to be
eligible to apply. Because the award is based on scientific accomplishment, we envision that the strongest
candidates will be senior students with a record of accomplishment (publications, fellowships, presentations,
awards, etc.). Students who have recently defended their thesis (within the past six months) are eligible to
apply. However, those students who received their PhD more than six months ago, or those that cannot attend
the picnic to receive the award (see below) are ineligible. Multiple entries are permitted from each laboratory. 

Marjorie Riches Gunn Award for Graduate Student Excellence

2020 Awardee

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Lara Rheinneman 


Eveline Bruenger Award for Postdoctoral Excellence

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Eveline Bruenger Award competition for Postdoctoral Fellows in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Utah. Eveline Bruenger is a long-time friend of the Department. She worked in the labs of Hans Rilling and Jim McCloskey (former faculty in Biochemistry). (more information about Eveline) We are delighted to honor Eveline’s friendship and generosity with this award, which will be given annually to the Biochemistry postdoctoral fellow who is judged by the faculty to most exemplify our values of scientific excellence.

Eligibility criteria  

The competition is open to any current Biochemistry postdocs whose faculty mentor has a primary or adjunct appointment in the Department. Postdocs must (additional eligibility information). Because the award is based on scientific accomplishment, we envision that the strongest candidates will be more senior postdocs with a record of accomplishment (publications, fellowships, presentations, etc.). Multiple entries are permitted from each laboratory.

2020 Awardee

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Sara Nowinski, Ph.D. 


2019

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Max Schuler and Alyssia English received the Marjorie Riches Gunn Student Award for Graduate Student Excellence at the 2019 Biochemistry Bash and Award Ceremony. Han Han received the Eveline Bruenger Postdoctoral Award for Excellence. We were privileged to have Marge Gunn attend the event, as well as Kathleen McCloskey and Venki Ramakrishnan

Marjorie Riches Gunn Award for Graduate Student Excellence

2019 Awardees

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Alyssa English and Max Schuler 

 

Eveline Bruenger Award for Postdoctoral Excellence

2019 Awardee

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Han Han, Ph.D.

Sherman R. and Deborah Ann Dickman Graduate Student Travel Fellowship

2019 Awardees

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Zach Cruz and Seyi Falekun