15th Annual Graduate Student Recognition Celebration

Many School of Medicine graduate students were recognized at the Graduate Student Recognition Celebration, which began in 1999, to recognize students who receive prestigious fellowships and awards.

These honorees are providing leadership that is making a significant contribution to the mission of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to a wide variety of fields of study.

The event was held on April 10, 2013, beginning with research poster presentations at 3 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 4 p.m. and a reception directly following the ceremony.

The following students are graduate students that are affiliated with the School of Medicine:

Impact Award Winners

  • Rebecca Bauer
  • Liheng Cai
  • Corey Cusack
  • Ben Goerger
  • Adam Gracz
  • Patricia Lenhart
  • Eliza Peterson
  • Jessica Sorrentino

Dean's Distinguished Dissertation Awards

  • Ryan Gessner
  • Sean Gregory

2013 University Research Day Honorees

  • J. Elliott Robinson

Frank Porter Graham Honor Society

  • William Hannah
  • Richard Watkins

The Order of the Golden Fleece

  • J. Elliott Robinson

The Order of the Grail-Valkyries

  • William Hannah

Prestigious External Fellowship Winners

Biochemistry and Biophysics

  • Onur Dagilyan
  • Alakananda Das
  • Jonathan Leano
  • Justin Low
  • Peter Thompson

Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program

  • Sarah Schoenrock
  • Andres Henriquez Coria

Biomedical Engineering

  • Angelica de Rosa
  • Ryan Gessner
  • Andrew Satterlee
  • Paul Sheeran
  • Emily Smith

Cell and Developmental Biology

  • Scott Houck
  • Elizabeth Lessey
  • Leah Watson
  • Katie Wolfe

Cell and Molecular Physiology

  • Sarah Bortbedt
  • Caitlin Collins
  • Rylan Larsen
  • Eric Ubil

Genetics and Molecular Biology

  • Alexandra Arreola Vargas
  • Diana Chong
  • Jessica Nesmith
  • Mira Pronobis
  • Lindsay Rizzardi
  • Noelle-Erin Romero
  • Lauren Waldron

Microbiology and Immunology

  • Kizzmekia Corbett
  • Rodrigo Gonzalez
  • Ankunda Kariisa
  • Mega Meyer
  • Lauren Neighbours
  • Erin Steinbach


  • Reggie Cannady
  • Corey Cusack
  • Lyudmila Kotlyanksaya
  • Katharine Liang
  • John Robinson
  • Christopher Smith
  • Alice Stamatakis
  • Michael Wallace

Occupational Therapy

  • Lauren DeMoss


  • Maria Aleman
  • Michael Durando
  • Kristine Wadosky


  • Dustin Bosh
  • Chris Dibble
  • Marty Farrell
  • Lauren Parker
  • Ryan Phillips
  • Marty Whittle


  • Garrett Ainslie
  • Rebecca Bauer
  • Madisa Macon

Click here to view all of the graduate student honorees.