Student Achievement


Since the reorganization of the Medical College of Georgia's Graduate Program to a common admissions system, each individual program has recruited students through laboratory rotations in the first year.

Students choosing the Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Georgia have had an outstanding record of success.

Current Graduate Student Achievements

Mahmoud Abdelbary

  1. 2019 pre-doctoral Suden Award
  2. 2018 APS Sex and Gender Conference Travel Award
  3. 2018 Graduate Research Day Award
  4. 2018 Poster Presentation at Experimental Biology

Kasey Belanger

  1. 2018 APS Sex and Gender Conference Travel Award

Alec Davila

  1. F31 Fellowship Grant from the National Institutes of Health (2018)
  2. AHA Predoctoral Fellowship (2018)
  3. APS Minority Travel Fellowship Award to attend the Experimental Biology (EB) 2018

Casey Derella

  1. 2019 pre-doctoral Suden Award

Vanessa Dela Justina

  1. 2019 American Physiological Society Robert Gunn Student Travel Award

LaDonya Jackson

  1. 2018 Recipient of the Georgia Clinical and Translation Science Alliance TL1 Predoctoral Fellowship
  2. Minority Travel Fellowship Award to attend the 2018 APS Conference: Cardiovascular, Renal and Metabolic Diseases: Sex-Specific Implications for Physiology

Patricia Martinez-Quinones

  1. First place from the Resident Basic Science Paper Competition at the annual 2019 Moretz Surgical Society meeting.
  2. Selected as a 2019 American Physiological Society Cardiovascular Section Research Recognition Awardee.
  3. First Place in the 2018 Basic Science category at the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) Region IV Annual Resident Trauma Paper Competition
  4. Trainee Advocacy Committee Onsite Poster Award from the American Heart Association Council on Hypertension, Joint Hypertension Scientific Sessions 2018
  5. First place in the 2018 M. Gage Ochsner Resident Paper Competition from the Committee on Trauma Georgia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons

Lindsey Ramirez

  1. 2019 Martin Frank Diversity Travel Award
  2. 2019 pre-doctoral Suden Award
  3. 2018 APS Sex and Gender Conference Travel Award

Sarah Ray

  1. 2018 APS Sex and Gender Conference Travel Award

Marissa Seamon

  1. 2018 New Investigator Travel Award from the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior

 

Successes of former Physiology Graduate Students

Stephanie Christianson

  1. Microcirculatory Society 2018 Zweifach Student Travel Award

Ryan Crislip

  1. Augusta University Graduate School Excellence of Research in Physiology Award
  2. Travel Award to attend the FASEB Summer Research Conference on Renal Hemodynamics and Cardiovascular Function in Health and Disease
  3. 2016 Biomedical Sciences PhD Program Who’s Who Awardee.  Who’s Who Among Students is a national college student recognition program in the U.S. that honors outstanding students. The annual Who’s Who list is based on student leadership, academic excellence, and community service, and the winners each year are eligible to win an academic scholarship.

Trevor Hardigan

  1. 2016 Biomedical Sciences PhD Program Who’s Who Awardee.  Who’s Who Among Students is a national college student recognition program in the U.S. that honors outstanding students. The annual Who’s Who list is based on student leadership, academic excellence, and community service, and the winners each year are eligible to win an academic scholarship.

Cameron McCarthy

  1. Selected to participate in the 2015 Council on Hypertension Advisory and Mentoring Program (CHAMP).
  2. First place in the 2015 American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Cardiovascular Pharmacology Trainee Showcase-Graduate Student Competition, Experimental Biology.

Dr. Brett Mitchell

  1. Selected as the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus for the Graduate School.

Lia Taylor

  1. 2018 APS Sex and Gender Conference Travel Award
  2. Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional an Opportunity Awards for the 2017 Experimental Biology meeting
  3. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplement to Dr. Sullivan's R01 award
  4. Minority Travel Fellowship Award for the 2016 APS Conference
  5. 2016-2017 Porter Physiology Fellowship awardee by The American Physiological Society, on behalf of the Porter Physiology Development and Minority Affairs Committee
  6. Finalist for the 2016 Water & Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Predoctoral Research Recognition Award

John Paul Valenzuela

  1. AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
  2. One of two recipients to be selected as a 2016 recipient of the Darrell Brann Alumni Scholarship.
  3. International Stroke Conference (ISC) Junior Investigator Award and Minority Travel Award
  4. 2015 Graduate School Travel Award for graduate students presenting exceptional research
  5. Minority Travel Award for the Fourteenth International Conference on Endothelin in 2015

Becca Ward

  1. Young Investigator Travel Award for an oral abstract presentation and participated in the 15th International Endothelin Conference.
  2. AHA Predoctoral Fellowship
  3. 2015 Graduate School Travel Award for graduate students presenting exceptional research.

2015 Physiology Graduate Students