Green Fellows Share Fruits of Research Semester

Poster Presentations at UT Southwestern Detail Work by Undergraduates

May 13, 2009

UT Dallas and UT Southwestern presented a poster session recently that showcased stellar research conducted by UT Dallas undergraduates in the Green Fellowship program.

Students and faculty were invited to the poster session on the campus of UT Southwestern to meet current Green Fellows and their mentors and ask questions about the research that was completed.

The Green Fellowship program is in its fourth year. The program is co-directed by Dr. A. Dean Sherry, director of the Advanced Imaging Research Center located at UT Southwestern, professor of chemistry and holder of a Cecil H. and Ida Green Distinguished Chair in Systems Biology Science at UT Dallas.  The program is also co-directed by Dr. Nancy Street, associate dean at the Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

The 2008-2009 Green Fellows

This school year's Green Fellows, followed by their departments and mentors, have been:

  • Christian Caicedo, Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, Harold “Skip” Garner
  • Justin Drerup, Psychiatry, James Bibb
  • Mahsa Fardin, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center Lab, Jinming Gao
  • Khalisa Syeda, Pediatrics, James Amatruda
  • Kyle Miller, Advanced Imaging Research Center, Dean Sherry
  • Meagan Olson, Cell Biology, John Abrams
  • Namratha Ramavaram, Cell Biology, Jerry Shay
  • Anju Sreelatha, Physiology, Malu Tansey
  • Jamie Wright, Pediatrics, Steven Kernie

“This year's crop of students is among the most eager, excited and enthusiastic group we have had,” Sherry said.  “This year’s group includes majors in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular & cell biology, neurosciences and computer sciences working alongside UT Southwestern professors in genetics, cell biology, chemistry and engineering.  We are eager to expand the program to include even more of UT Dallas’ finest.”

Green Fellows spend 16 weeks pursuing individual research projects under the direction of the graduate school faculty at UT Southwestern.  Fellows receive a stipend of $3,500 for the semester-long program.

The students focus their entire Green Fellowship semester on research rather than splitting their attention between classes and time in the lab.

“The 2009 Green Fellows are exceptional,” Street said.  “All nine of them were asked to extend their time in the lab based on the quality of their work and what they have already accomplished during the Green Fellows program.  They are an asset to the research being done at UT Southwestern.”

Details about Green Fellows 2010 can be found at http://www.utsouthwestern.edu/GreenFellows


Media contacts: Brandon V. Webb, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, Brandon.webb@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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Undergrads Prize Research Opportunity

 

Kyle Miller  

“Not only do we get to present a semester's worth of research to a scientific body, but we also get a chance to see in detail what our cohorts have been up to in the lab.”

Kyle Miller,
senior biology major

 

“In creating a poster of the summary of my work, I was able to appreciate the volume of knowledge and technique I had acquired which is only available to learn in a real-world setting.”

- Justin Drerup, senior biochemistry major

Justin Drerup

 

Namratha Ramavaram  

“Being a Green Fellow is a great experience in my life. I am getting chance to explore new career opportunities in science and medicine.”

- Namratha Ramavaram, junior biochemistry major

“I think some of my friends from UT Dallas think I'm crazy for how excited I've been about my work here at UT Southwestern, but I'm pretty sure they'll understand when they get to see my poster.”

- Jamie Wright, senior molecular biology major

Jamie Wright

 

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