Awards, Endowments, and Scholarships (College of Medicine)

The Guild has provided awards, endowments, and scholarships to both medical students and biomedical graduate students in the College of Medicine.  Although the awards have changed over the decades, our support to acknowledge the best and the brightest students remain steadfast.

The Thomas and Emily Maren Award

This award continues the tradition that began in 1999 to honor Dr. Thomas Maren, Graduate Research Professor Emeritus and founding chair of the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Department, by his wife, Emily Sabah-Maren.  The award will be given to The Equal Access Clinic Network beginning in May 2019.  It reflects on the Marens’ desires to promote quality medical student education and healthcare for the under-served.

Biomedical Science Graduate Student Awards

Link to Biomedical Sciences website

“Link to 2018-19 Winner” 

2018-19 WINNERS

Medical Guild Graduate Research Award

This competition was established in 1975.  One student from each of area of Biomedical Sciences (BMS) concentration is nominated to present their research.  A BMS faculty panel determines the ranking of the awards.

Eligibility: Senior-level graduate students from Biomedical Sciences

Amount: Total $8,750 of awards

2019 MG Competition (44th)

Medical Guild Graduate Research Competition (44th)


Gold Award Winner

John Calise (Molecular Cell Biology)  “IMPDH Filaments: Novel Subcellular Structures with Emerging Roles in Cell Biology”


Silver Award Winners 

Hunter Futch (Neuroscience)  “A Novel High Affinity CRF Antibody Modulates Metabolism and Identifies Glucocorticoids as a Targetable Immune-Checkpoint

Danielle Vermilyea (Immunology and Microbiology)  “Peptidylarginine Deiminase Modulates Porphyromonas Gingivalis Biofilm Development”

Betty Wang (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)  “Disulfide Bond Disproportionation Agents Activate the Tumor Necrosis Family-Related Apoptosis-Inducing Ligand/Death Receptor 5 Pathway to Kill Highly Resistant Breast Cancer”


 Bronze Award Winners

Julie Bray (Cancer Biology)  “Repression of Neuronal Genes Protects the Pancreas from Injuries and Aberrant Plasticity“

Jana Jenquin (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)  “Combination Treatment of Erythromycin and Furamidine Rescues Mis-Splicing in Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 Models”

Casey Keuthan (Genetics)  “STAT3 is a Critical Regulator of the Photoreceptor Stress Response”

Lance Riley (Physiology and Functional Genomics)  “The Skeletal Muscle Molecular Clock Regulates Titin Isoform and Sarcomere Length”

Medical Guild Advancement to Candidacy Award

Established in 2012 to recognize 3rd year graduate students in the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) who have successfully passed their qualifying examinations over the current academic year and excelled in their academic and research performance since enrolling in their studies.  Biomedical Science faculty members representing the areas of concentration determine the award recipients.

Eligibility: Biomedical Science graduate students who have risen to candidacy this year.

Amount:  Total $2,250 of Awards.

2019 Rising to Candidacy

Advancement to Candidacy Award Recipients

Jacob Andring (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Mentor: Robert McKenna, Ph.D.)

Kyulim Lee (Immunology and Microbiology Mentor: Bob Burne, Ph.D.)

Mathew Sebastian (Molecular Cell Biology Mentor: David Tran, M.D., Ph.D.)

60th Anniversary Gift

To commemorate our 60th anniversary, the Guild has endowed the Equal Access Clinic Network with a $250,000 gift.  This endowment should annually yield approximately $9,000 and grow with each year*.  This is our first “forever” gift!  To read the article, click here: Dr-Gator-Summer-2019.


*Growth is dependent upon the stock market