Retreat provides networking opportunity for graduate students, faculty

Poster sessions kicked off the sixth annual Faculty and Student Research Retreat. Credit: Penn State College of Medicine / Penn StateCreative Commons

HERSHEY, Pa. — First-year graduate students got a taste of the research going on at Penn State College of Medicine during the Faculty and Student Research Retreat on Aug. 6 at the Antique Auto Museum in Hershey. They were able to meet prospective thesis advisers and see examples of the kinds of projects in which they might take part.

Faculty members had the opportunity to learn about the work of their peers and identify potential collaborations.

College of Medicine leaders presented awards and scholarships to graduate students, including:

Patrick G. Quinn Award for Outstanding Performance by a Post-Comprehensive PhD candidate in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology

  • Erika Dahl
  • William Miller

Richard J. Courtney Graduate Student Award

  • Eric Yau

Graduate Alumni Society Awards

  • Djibril Ba
  • Melissa Butt
  • Chixiang Chen
  • Caitlin Coker
  • Kristin Lambert
  • Vishal Midya
  • Andrea Osborne

Graduate Alumni Endowed Scholarships

  • Chelsea Keller
  • Matthew Lauver
  • Alexandra McQuillen
  • Emily Schleicher
  • Angela Snyder

Karl H. Beyer Jr., MD, PhD Scholarship

  • Courtney Clyburn
  • Emily Schleicher
  • Andrea Schneider
  • Angela Snyder
  • Carson Wills

Graduate Student Research Forum Leadership Award

  • Jordan Chang
  • Caitlin Coker

Graduate Students who served as junior mentors to undergraduate student researchers during the summer include:

  • Katie Ayers
  • Cole Burgess
  • Jordan Chang
  • Caitlin Coker
  • Michelle Douthitt
  • Rebecca Fleeman
  • Emily Frieben
  • Michelle Green
  • Michelle Jennette
  • Marty Johnson
  • Yunsung Kim
  • Victoria Silvis
  • Kyle Sundberg
  • Sage Wright
  • Eric Yau

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Last Updated September 11, 2019