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Award winners 2013


Plus 4 more students earn Honorable Mentions

The Fellowship Office congratulates three Loyola students who earned 2013 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. These highly competitive and prestigious awards include a $30,000/yr stipend and tuition waiver for 3 years, plus summer research funding, for graduate school. This is the first time in Loyola's history that 3 students have earned an NSF Fellowship in a single year, and never before have 7 students overall been recognized as recipients of either an award or an honorable mention in one year. Information on each student and their graduate plans are summarized below.

‌CAITLIN DeRANGO graduated in May 2011 with a B.S. degree in Anthropology, and minors in Biology and French Language and Literature. She is a Biological Anthropologist focusing on Primatology, and will begin graduate school at UCLA in the Fall of 2013. Caitlin will be conducting field research in Costa Rica on white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus).  She plans to examine coalitionary behavior in this New World Monkey species, investigating how coalitionary interactions are communicated, how and why patterns exist, and how variation in coalitionary strategies reflects aspects of capuchin social cognition.

ANNA SJODIN graduated in May 2011 with a B.S. in Biology (Ecology Emphasis), and minors in Psychology and Spanish.  She will begin her graduate studies at the University of Connecticut in the Fall of 2013 in Ecology.  Her research will focus on bats and how ecological factors affect the spread of infectious disease.  As common vectors of many zoonotic diseases, bats play an important ecological role in emerging infectious diseases in both humans and wildlife.  Anna also earned a 2010 Fellowship Incentive Grant (FIG) through the Fellowship Office to prepare for her first NSF application, which helped eventually to lead to this award.

JOSEPH SAELENS graduated in May 2011 with a B.S. in Bioinformatics. He currently attends Duke University and specializes in Microbiology.  His ongoing laboratory research focuses on Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which has a population structure that strongly mimics ancient human migration patterns out of Africa.  Joe uses a whole genome sequencing approach to analyze the historical and geographical evolution of this bacterium that has been tightly linked to ancient human migrations.


AMY GALANTER graduated in Spring 2010 with majors in Environmental Science and Spanish.  She now attends the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.  Her research focus is in Geosciences and, more specifically, Hydrology.

OWEN McKENNA graduated in Spring 2011 with a Biology major (Ecology emphasis) and a minor in Environmental Action and Leadership.  He now attends Arizona State University and his research focus is Ecology.

BRYAN QUACH graduated in Spring 2012 with a major in Bioinformatics and a minor in Biostatistics.  He now attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his research focus is in Genomics.

VINICIO REYNOSO graduated in Fall 2010 with a major in Bioinformatics and minors in Biology (Molecular Biology emphasis) and Spanish.  He now attends the University of Texas at Austin and his research focus is Evolutionary Biology.



Student to work in national neuroscience lab

The Fellowship Office congratulates Loyola’s latest winner of an NIH Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA).

David Collins is a currently a senior in Molecular Biology, and a LUROP Biology Research Fellow.  After graduating in May, he will begin the IRTA in the laboratory of Dr. Chris J. McBain at the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), studying interneurons in the hippocampus.

Click here to read the Inside Loyola article about David and the IRTA.

Congratulations to David on an award well earned!