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The Paul Pizzella and Marta Ayala Award in Biological Sciences

In July, 2012, Dr. Paul Pizzella and his wife Marta Ayala created the Pizzella award to codify their commitment and willingness to provide graduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences with financial support to enhance their educational opportunities. The award is open to graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences who have financial need to pursue these opportunities. Through this award the Department of Biological Sciences offers funding to doctoral students to pursue the following opportunities:

  • Presentation of scholarly works at international conferences
  • Attending workshops or short-term “sabbaticals” to learn essential laboratory techniques for a doctoral thesis project at a laboratory outside of the Western New York area.

The department recognizes these activities to be important for the professional development of graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. degree. Funded amounts will be determined based on the distance, receipt of prior support through this program, and any other current support. Awards are limited to $2000 per request.

To apply, interested graduate students must be in good standing in the Department and be in their third year of research study or beyond. Applications will be due annually on June 1, for activities taking place in the period from March 15 of the application year, through March 14 of the next calendar year. The Graduate Affairs Committee will be responsible for reviewing the applications and selecting recipients.

Past Recipients

2017

Rupkatha Banerjee (Gunawardena lab), to present research at the Annual Drosophila Research Conference in San Diego, CA

Richoo Davis (Yu lab), to present research at the American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA

Debarghya Dutta Banik (Medler lab), to present research at the Association for Chemoreception Sciences in Bonita Springs, FL

Aditi Prabhakar (Cullen lab), to present research at the International Workshop on Carcinoma-associated Mucins in Cambridge, UK

Duo (Erica) Xu (Gokcumen lab), to learn advanced computational techniques from the Khurana lab at the Cornell-Weill College of Medicine in New York, NY

2016

Sukanya Basu (Cullen lab), to attend the “Cell Biology of Cancer Doorstep” of the American Society of Cell Biology in San Francisco, CA

Dolonchapa Chakraborty (Koudelka lab), to present research at the American Society of Microbiology in Boston, MA

2015

Dolonchapa Chakraborty (Koudelka lab), to present research at the American Society of Microbiology in New Orleans, LA

Ashleigh Hanner (Rusche lab), to present research at the Abcam Chromatin meeting on Grand Cayman Island

Daniel Samorodnitsky (Koudelka lab), to present research at the Proteins Gordon Research Conference in Holderness, NH

2014

Hema Adhikari (Cullen lab), to present research at the Yeast Cell Biology Meeting in Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Pradeep Yerramsetty (Berry lab), to present research at the New Phytologist Symposium, Tahoe City, CA

2013

Yang Yang (Xu-Friedman lab), to learn the nucleated patch technique in Göttingen, Germany