Graduate Student Awards

The Roozbeh Arianpour Endowed Memorial Scholarship

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Zhaolan Ding

Roozbeh Arianpour graduated summa cum laude from A&M in the class of 2002. He subsequently earned a Masterʼs from Oxford, then returned to Texas to begin Medical school at UT San Antonio. Tragically, his promising life was cut short when he returned to his hometown of Tyler and was shot and killed by a childhood friend. This scholarship was established by his mother, Farideh Moharer Arianpour, to honor Department of Biology graduate students for excellence in research.

The Roozbeh Arianpour Endowed Memorial Scholarship is to honor overall excellence in research and is open to Biology Graduate Students.  The award is $1,000.  Please submit the student’s CV and a letter from the research advisor.

2020 Recipient

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Past Recipients:

Kathleen McAllister (2019)

Joshua Beytebiere (2019)

Patrick Suess (2018)

Swayoma Banerjee (2017)

Tianxin Scarlett Liu (2016)

Rachana Gyawali (2016)

Paola Correa (2015)

Sarah Flanagan (2015)

Emily Rose (2014)

Xiaoyan Guo (2014)

The Lawrence S. Dillon Distinguished Graduate Student Award

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Ashley Hudson

The Lawrence S. Dillon Distinguished Graduate Student Award was established in 2001 by Patricia Dillon Moore in memory of her father, a former professor in the department of biology. Dr. Dillon received his Masterʼs degree from A&M in 1950 and Doctoral degree from A&M in 1954. Dr. Dillon eventually became a professor in the department, and in 1975 he became professor emeritus. Dr. Dillon passed away in 1999, after which his daughter established this award in his memory to be presented to graduate students who excel in either research or teaching.

The Lawrence S. Dillon Distinguished Graduate Student Award is for Research and Teaching, and is open to Biology Graduate Students.  The award is $1,000.  Please submit the student’s CV and one letter from the research advisor and one letter from the teaching advisor (or one combined letter if you are both).

2020 Recipient

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Past Recipients:

Gaston Jofre (2019)

Angela Hawkins (2018)

Janna Schultzhaus (2017)

Michael Francis (2016)

Husniye Kantarci (2016)

Nehemiah Cox (2015)

John Aldrich (2015)

Sharvani Mahadevaraju (2015)

Pablo Delclos (2014)

Kathrina Castrillo (2014)

Dr. Joseph Newton Graduate Student Service Award

Dr. Joseph Newton Graduate Student Service Awards is for “service” and is open to both Biology & IDP Graduate Students in Biology laboratories.  Recipients shall have distinguished themselves with a record of service to the university, college, department, profession or community while enrolled as a graduate at Texas A&M University and maintaining high academic achievement.  The award is $1,000.

2020 Recipient

Chloe Bennett

Past Recipients:

Sarah Beagle (2019)

Christine Figgener (2018)

Angela Hawkins (2017)