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

Medical Students ($2,000)

The Thomas and Emily Maren Award was originally established by Emily Sabah-Maren in 1999 as a scholarship for medical students to honor Dr. Thomas Maren, Graduate Research Professor Emeritus and founding chair of the Pharmacology and Therapeutics Department.  It reflects the Marens’ desire to promote quality medical student education and healthcare for the underserved. In 2019, this became an award to the Equal Access Clinic Network to support the student-run clinics that care for our community’s medically underserved.


Biomedical Science Students ($11,000)

The Medical Guild Graduate Research Award, $8,000, was established in 1975.  During this competition a senior level graduate student from each of the biomedical science areas of concentration presents his or her research.  A panel of biomedical science faculty members determines the ranking of the gold, silver, and bronze awards and how the money will be distributed.

The Medical Guild Advancement to Candidacy Award, $3,000, was established in 2012 to recognize three or four third-year biomedical science students who have completed their qualifying examinations over the current academic year, and have excelled in academic and research performance.  A panel of biomedical science faculty members determines the selections.  The award is $750 for each student.  If less than $3,000 is awarded, the Interdisciplinary Program Director has discretion to apply the remaining funds toward increasing the Medical Guild Graduate Research Award.

Biomedical Science Graduate Student Awards


Medical Guild Graduate Research Award

2019-2020 Biomedical Science Graduate Research Award Winners 

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

Gold Award Winners

Patrick Kellish (Cancer Biology)Mentor: Maria Zajac-Kaye, Ph.D.“Priming immunity against small cell lung cancer (SCLC) with oncolytic virotherapy”


Kristen Skruber (Molecular Cell Biology)Mentor: Eric Vitriol, Ph.D.“Determining how Profilin1 controls the assembly, organization, and dynamics of the actin cytoskeleton”

Silver Award Winner

Jacob Andring (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)Mentor: Robert McKenna, Ph.D.“Teaching an Old Enzyme New Tricks: Cu-Carbonic Anhydrase, A Nitrite Reductase”


Bronze Award Winners

Kelly DeMars (Neuroscience)Mentor: Eduardo Candelario-Jalil, Ph.D.“Blocking BET Proteins is Neuroprotective in Ischemic Stroke”


Lance Denes (Genetics)Mentor: Eric Wang, Ph.D.“Microtubule-based Transport is Required to Distribute RNA and Nascent Protein in Skeletal Muscle”


Chao Xie (Pharmacology and Therapeutics)Mentor: Jeffrey Martens, Ph.D.“Gene Therapeutic Reversal of Olfactory Impairment in Bardet-Biedl Syndrome”


Ashley Zuniga (Immunology and Microbiology)Mentor: Dorina Avram, Ph.D.“Dual roles of E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Hectd3 in the regulation of NFĸB and Inflammasome signaling to inhibit inflammation and malignancy in the gut”

2018-19 Biomedical Science Graduate Research Award Winners 

  • 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

This award was 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.

2020 Advancement to Candidacy Award Winners

Joseph Dean (Immunology and Microbiology)Mentor: Dr. Liang Zhou


Adithya Gopinath (Neuroscience)Mentors: Dr. Habibeh Khoshbouei and Dr. Wolfgang Streit


Eric Helm (Immunology and Microbiology)Mentor: Dr. Dorina Avram


60th Anniversary Gift

To commemorate our 60th anniversary in 2019, 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 (growth is dependent upon the stock market). This is our first “forever” gift!