Celebrating VBS Graduate Student Excellence

May 12, 2021
Graduate Student award recipients portrait collage
The following VBS graduate students recently received fellowships and training grants for their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments.

2021-2022 MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures Fellowships:    
The MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures (GFV) graduate student professional development award initiative seeks to promote a broader and deeper understanding of our interconnected food systems through experiential cohort learning. There were 27 applicants and five slots awarded to CVM students. Three of those five were awarded to VBS students including:
Li, Manci Manci Li, CMB student, advised by VBS Assistant Professor Peter Larsen.
Sanchez, Shania Shania Sanchez, CMB student, advised by VBS Professor Hinh Ly.
Murphy, Hannah Hannah Murphy, CMB student, advised by VBS Professor Yuying Liang.

2021-2022 Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship:

The Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (DDF) gives the University's most accomplished PhD candidates an opportunity to devote full-time effort to an outstanding research project by providing time to finalize and write a dissertation during the fellowship year. This honor was presented for the upcoming year to:
Brisse, Morgan Morgan Brisse, BMBB Graduate Student, advised by VBS Professor Hinh Ly.
Milstein, Marissa   Marissa Milstein, VMED student, advised by VBS Asstistant Professor Peter Larsen, & VPM Assistant Professor Tiffany Wolf.

Comparative Pathology/Medicine T32 Training grant
The Comparative Medicine and Pathology Training Grant at the College of the Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota offers veterinarians state-of-the-art research training. DVM trainees will pursue a PhD in the Comparative and Molecular Biosciences (CMB) Graduate Program. This multidisciplinary graduate program was created to focus graduate education efforts by faculty interested in comparative biomedical sciences and molecular mechanisms responsible for human and animal health and disease. This honor was presented for the upcoming year to:

Kirk, Natalie Natalie Kirk, CMB student, advised by VBS Professor Hinh Ly.

American CARES Act Degree Completion grants
The American CARES Act grant provides funds allocated from the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) as a resource for students who have encountered unforeseen expenses due to COVID-19.

Estrada, April April Aquino Estrada, CMB student, advised by VBS Professor Connie Gebhart.
Johnson, Abigail Abigail Rose Johnson, CMB student, advised by VBS Professor Tim Johnson.

Please join us in congratulating our VBS graduate students!

To learn more about additional departmental and collegiate fellowships available to VBS students, please visit the 'Give to VBS' page.