Nitobe London, an MCB Program graduate student of the Biggins Lab, was one of 13 students from across the country selected to receive the Harold Weintraub Award for 2015. The Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences. Nitobe's studies of kinetochore proteins uncovered major control steps in activation of spindle checkpoint signaling required for high fidelity chromosome segregation, an essential process to prevent aneuploidy (a characteristic trait of cancer cells). Dr. Nitobe London has since defended his dissertation entitled, "Kinetochore activation of the spindle checkpoint by the kinase Mps1," graduating Spring Quarter. Article published by FredHutch.org, http://www.fredhutch.org/en/labs/basic-sciences/news-publications.html.
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The NSF received over 16,000 submitted applications for the 2015 competition, and made 2,000 award offers. Congratulations to awardees Sidney Bell, Gabe Butterfield, Michelle Hays, Amy Lanctot and Adelle McFarland. Honorable Mentions go to: Pia Hoellerbauer, Joey Pangallo, Lauren Saunders and Brittany Whitley.
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in National Science Foundation's (NSF)-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.