14 Undergrads Earn Department Awards to Conduct Summer Research

Congratulations to the fourteen biochemistry majors who earned summer research awards from the Department of Biochemistry! The recipients were recognized at the department’s awards reception on May 3, 2024. A list of the recipients, their faculty mentors, and descriptions of the awards can be found below.

2024 undergraduate awardees
From left to right: Emma Dunbar, Joe Baumgardt, Paige Ellingson, Mridula Srivathsan, Udaya Gadiparthi.

Mary Shine Peterson Award

This award recognizes biochemistry undergraduates with demonstrated excellence in and commitment to research. Awardees receive up to $5,000 to support biochemistry-relevant activities during the summer session before their senior year (or during their senior year if they have already achieved senior status). Activities supported by this award include conducting faculty-advised research on campus or overseas, traveling overseas to participate in a global health program, and/or traveling to a scientific meeting to present a research-oriented poster or paper.

  • Katarina Aranguiz (Chris Hittinger Lab)
  • Gavin Chang (Jason Cantor Lab)
  • Ainslie Homan (Aussie Suzuki Lab)
  • Kennan Chojnacki (Robert Kirchdoerfer Lab)
  • Emma Cushman (Alessandro Senes Lab)
  • Claire Schleicher (Philip Romero Lab)
  • Sophia Winterhalter (Scott Coyle Lab)

Undergraduate Summer Research Award

This award provides $5,000 to aid biochemistry undergraduates in gaining focused, full-time research experience. Award recipients work full-time in a lab at UW–Madison during the summer and submit a 500 to 1,000 word research report at the end of the summer term.

  • Joseph Baumgardt (Elizabeth Wright Lab)
  • Emma Dunbar (Michael Cox Lab)
  • Paige Ellingson (Judith Simcox Lab)
  • David Givand (Krishanu Saha Lab)
  • Wanyi Guo (Douglas McNeel Lab)
  • Mridula Srivathsan (Feyza Engin Lab)

Physician Scientist Biochemistry Scholarship

This new, prestigious award aids exceptional biochemistry undergraduates by provides paid focused research experience full-time during the upcoming summer and part-time during the following fall and spring semesters, as well as $12,500 of paid tuition. Preference is given to students interested in becoming a physician scientist.

  • Udaya Gadiparthi (Alan Attie Lab)

Photo credit: Paul Escalante/Department of Biochemistry.