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AURIC Awards 11 Graduate Research Fellowships

By Ben Hohenstatt, '14

Auburn, Alabama —

The Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC) recently awarded 11 Graduate Research Fellowships to Auburn University students.

The fellowships were awarded to students in four different colleges and provide a stipend, based on $20,196 annually, to these students for all or part of the 2014 fiscal year.

“Since AURIC is a University-wide program, students across Auburn were eligible for these fellowships,” said Dr. Bruce F. Smith, director for AURIC and a research scientist at the Scott-Ritchey Research Center at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  “These fellowships emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of cancer research here at Auburn, as well as the wide variety of research projects that are ongoing.”

Smith said to qualify for the fellowship, students must be enrolled or in the process of enrolling in a PhD. program, be in good academic standing and their research focus needs to include cancer.

The fellowships were awarded to:

  •  Tereq Anani, Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering;
  • Li Chen, Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison School of Pharmacy;
  • Ana Dmytrejchuk, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Science and Mathematics;
  • Matthew Eggert, Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison School of Pharmacy;
  • Jiansheng Huang, Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison School of Pharmacy;
  • Shravanthi Mouli, Department of Drug Discovery and Development, Harrison School of Pharmacy;
  • Shantanu Pradhan, Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering;
  • Chris Ramhold, Department of Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Abdul Mohin Sajib, Department of Pathobiology and Scott-Ritchey Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine;
  • Ricky Whitener, Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering; and
  • Saranrat Wittayanukorn, Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Harrison School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Smith said the fellowships will fund research and further realize AURIC’s goal of providing an exciting, sustainable environment for cancer research while training the next generation of cancer researchers.

“One of the biggest hurdles facing research is funding the personnel who participate in research,” Dr. Smith said. “By providing this funding, AURIC is making it easier for faculty to engage in cancer research.”

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