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Our students each have a passion to make a difference for themselves and those in the world around them. As a student at Augusta University, you will have the opportunity to make an impact as part of our biomedical community. 

Read on to learn more about what our great graduate students have accomplished. 

Congratulations to our outstanding students!

Oral Biology Student Receives Prestigious AwarD

Linah Shahoumi

Program: PhD with a major in Oral Biology & Maxillofacial Pathology

Mentor: William Yeudall, PhD

Conference: The American Academy of Oral Medicine

Title of Project Awarded: “Modulation of EPS8 functions by phosphorylation.”

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Award of Excellence for Didactic/Instructional - Surgical/Clinical Procedures  

Weston DeWolf

Program: MS in Medical Illustration

Mentor: William Andrews, MA, CMI, FAMI

Conference: 74th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators

Title of Project Awarded: “Radical Nephrectomy Subcostal Approach”

MD/PhD Student Wins Big at National Conference 

Lynn Tran

Program: MD/PhD in Genomic Medicine

Mentor: Jin-Xiong She, PhD

Conference: 34th Annual National MD-PhD Student Conference

Awarded: 1st Place in Poster Session

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Highlighted Student Achievements

photo from article Ramirez Receives Porter Physiology Development Fellowship

Ramirez Receives Porter Physiology Development Fellowship

Lindsey Ramirez is a third year PhD Candidate in Dr. Jennifer Sullivan’s lab in the Department of Physiology at Augusta University. When asked, “Why a Biomed PhD?”, Lindsey responded, “We are only beginning to scratch the surface of how devastating diseases affect organ systems and the person as a whole. Since these diseases are rarely […]

photo from article The American Heart Association Heart Walk during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The American Heart Association Heart Walk during the COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 has been a whirlwind of a year so far and we’re only half way through. Back in January 2020, many entities at Augusta University (AU) began raising funds for the American Heart Association (AHA) through a local event called the “Heart Walk.” All of the individuals who were raising funds were excited to be […]

Helen presenting

PhD Student presents her research to the Board of Regents

When Helen Kaiser was asked to give a presentation about her research to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, she jumped at the opportunity. This presentation experience would fit right in with Helen’s plans for her future career. The Board of Regents of the University System […]

photo from article Jessica Pierce, A Reflection Back

Jessica Pierce, A Reflection Back

Most of you may know her as the student who led the Graduate Oath at the fall 2019 Hooding, but here at The Graduate School, we know her as Jessica Pierce, the student who is a reliable volunteer and an awesome student. When Jessica was asked to recite the Graduate Oath at the fall 2019 […]

Fellowships & Publications

Skitzy Tobias, Doctor of Nursing Practice (Pediatric Nursing Practioner)
Award: Frances Crittenden Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Endowment Recipient

Mohamed Meghil, PhD with a major in Oral Biology and Maxillofacial Pathology
 Balint Orban Memorial Competition Finalist fromThe American Academy of Periodontology 

Lindsey Ramirez, PhD with a major in Physiology 
 Research Distinction award from the Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis Section of the American Physiological Society at the Experimental Biology Society and the Tum Suden Award from the American Physiological Society 

Mahmoud Abdelbary, PhD with a major in Physiology 
Award: Tum Suden Award from the American Physiological Society 

Patrica Martinez - Quinones, PhD with a major in Physiology 
Award: First Place Winner for Basic Science Paper Competition at the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma Annual Meeting

Mackenzie Hagan, PhD with a major in Cellular Biology & Anatomy
Award: 2019  The American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Young Investigator Award and the ASBMR Diversity Travel Grant 

Aaron Hutton, Master of Public Administration  
Hunter, L. Y., Robbins, J. W., Ginn, M. H., & Hutton, A. (2019). Meet in the Middle: Terrorism and Centrist Party Vote Shares in Legislative Elections. Global Policy10(1), 60-74.

Emily Hardaway, Master of Public Administration 
International City/County Management Association’s Local Government Management Fellowship

Shinjini Chowdhury
, PhD with a major in Physiology
Award: First Prize in the graduate student poster competition during Veterans Affairs Research Week.

Congratulations to the following medical illustration students who won awards at the 2019, 74th Annual Meeting of the Association of Medical Illustrators:

  • Zachary Kevorkian, Award of Merit in the Didactic/Instructional - Anatomical/Pathological, for “The Pediatric Inguinal Canal / Descent of the Testes and Cryptorchidism.”
  • Tara Colquitt and Aimee Choi, Award of Merit in Didactic/Instructional - Interactive , for “3D Interactive Surgical Module for Orthognathic Osteotomies.” 
  • Aaron Cole,  Award of Excellence in Didactic/Instructional - Molecular/Biological/Life Science, for “Combating Insulin Deficiency in Diabetes Mellitus Type 2.”
  •  Katherine Thompson, Award of Merit in Didactic/Instructional - Surgical/Clinical Procedures for “Baerveldt Aqueous Shunt Insertion

Marci LessmanMS in Medical Illustration
Award:  Versalius Trust Research Grant Scholarship for “Circumcision Surgical Simulation Model.”  

Christina PecoraMS in Medical Illustration
Award: Versalius Trust Research Grant Scholarship  for “An Interactive Platform to Enhance Knowledge and Understanding of Ovarian Neoplasm.”

Jessica Pierce, PhD with a major in Cellular Biology & Anatomy
Award: Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Bone & Mineral Research