At the conclusion of each spring semester, the Integrated Program in Biochemistry (IPiB) Steering Committee is tasked with the challenging honor of selecting nominated graduate students and postdocs for the Sigrid Leirmo Memorial Award in Biochemistry and the Denton Award for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. The IPiB Steering Committee is pleased to continue the programs’ commitment to teaching and mentorship by announcing the 2021 graduate student awards that celebrate these important aspects of the program. IPiB is the joint graduate program of the Department of Biochemistry and Department of Biomolecular Chemistry.
Tina Lynch, from the lab of Judith Kimble, received the 2021 Sigrid Leirmo Memorial Award in Biochemistry. The Leirmo Award recognizes graduate or postdoctoral students who exemplify the spirit of Sigrid Leirmo. Leirmo received her Ph.D. from the Department of Biochemistry in 1989. She was widely acknowledged among her fellow students and colleagues as a promising researcher and enthusiastic friend and mentor.
Dana Dahhan, from the lab of Sebastian Bednarek and Dylan Plaskon, from the lab of Tom Record, each received a 2021 Denton Award for Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. The Denton Award honors IPiB students who consistently provide quality guidance and scientific training in mentoring undergraduate students in their research efforts, and show evidence of quality, commitment, and innovation in teaching. The award is made possible by the generosity of the Arnold E. and Catherine M. Denton Fund.
The Steering Committee also recognized Joshua Mitchell from the lab of Deane Mosher for being selected by the Graduate School as one of this year’s recipients of the inaugural Graduate Student Service Scholarships. Read more about Josh and the award here.