Three doctoral students in The Scripps Research Institute’s (TSRI) Graduate Program have received prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The highly competitive annual fellowship program recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The fellowships include a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 and opportunities for international research and professional development.
On TSRI’s Florida campus, Sophia Park, a graduate student in the lab of Associate Professor Srinivasa Subramaniam, was awarded a fellowship for her research on a protein complex called mTORC1, which centrally regulates cellular metabolism in response to both internal and external stimuli.
“Sophia deserves this prestigious NSF fellowship. I am very confident that this will boost her potential to make new scientific discoveries and positively impact society,” said Subramaniam. “I am very proud to be teaming up with her as a mentor.”
Both award recipients on the TSRI California campus are members of the Department of Chemistry. Joseph Derosa, a graduate student in the lab of Assistant Professor Keary Engle, is developing new tools in synthetic chemistry, focusing on development of efficient transition-metal catalyzed methodology. David Peters, a graduate student in the lab of Professor Floyd Romesberg, studies chemical synthesis.
“We are thrilled two of our students have been awarded coveted NSF fellowships to support their graduate work in chemistry at TSRI,” said Dale Boger, co-chair of the TSRI Department of Chemistry. “It is a tribute to their talents, and their advisors, that two of the limited number of such fellowships were awarded to chemistry Ph.D. students at TSRI this year.”
Graduate students at TSRI have been frequent recipients of NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, with 19 current students now holding one of the awards. Moreover, 15 prospective graduate students who recently interviewed for TSRI’s Graduate Program were among the 2017 recipients of the NSF fellowship. In the weeks ahead, many of these outstanding students may join the ranks of TSRI’s program, bringing their ideas, enthusiasm and research acumen to the program.
TSRI’s Graduate Program is highly regarded for its interdisciplinary, collaborative approach to scientific discovery and graduate education in biomedical research. According to U.S. News & World Report, TSRI’s program ranks seventh overall in chemistry and ninth overall in the biological sciences, in addition to second in the specialty of biochemistry and sixth in organic chemistry.
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