Southwestern Graduate School is pleased to announce Courtney Karner of the Genetics and Development Graduate Program as this year's recipient for the Nominata Award. This award is presented annually and is the highest honor bestowed by the Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Courtney completed his Ph.D. degree in December 2009, but as a senior graduate student he demonstrated academic excellence and an exceptional level of research achievement. His accomplishments serve as an outstanding example for all students here at UT Southwestern. Dr. Thomas Carroll, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Nephrology) and Molecular Microbiology, is his mentor. History The Nominata Award was created by the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) in 1980 to stimulate academic excellence and research achievement among the advanced graduate students. The award consisted of a $1000 prize and a $100 gift certificate from Majors Scientific Book Store. The Scholarship Committee was composed of faculty and student representatives, who judged the nominees on academic and research performance. As this event has evolved over the years, the committee is now composed of graduate faculty only and has been renamed the Committee on Graduate School Awards. The prize award is now valued at $2000, plus the winner presents the last seminar of the University Lecture Series.
The lecture and award presentation will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 4:00 P.M. in the NB2.EEF Auditorium (NB2.101).