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The Elaine Miye Otani Memorial Award

Elaine Miye Otani was 26 years old, a Ph.D. student who attended the School during 1980-1984, when her life came to an abrupt end. She was a student who stood for hard work and perseverance with an intense interest in her field of study. She was especially interested in the mechanisms of cellular differentiation and carcinogenesis. Yet she found time to spread her friendship and goodwill among those around her, trying at the same time to inspire them in their studies. Her family set up this living memorial as a tribute to her and her aspirations. This award is given to the graduate student in GPILS of outstanding character who demonstrates superior academic performance and who shows outstanding promise as an independent investigator. The student must also have a consistent record of service and support to the overall goals of GPILS by stimulating interest in and attempting to improve the quality of academic studies among fellow students in GPILS. The recipient of this award must show evidence of a good working relationship with peers and GPILS faculty and have earned the esteem of others.

Fall 2016: Sarah Metzbower, Program in Neuroscience

Fall 2015: T. Francis Chase, Program in Neuroscience

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Fall 2014: Rasheeda Johnson, Program in Gerontology

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Fall 2013: Kristen Stafford, M.P.H. Program in Epidemiology & Human Genetics

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Fall 2012: Jennifer Lloyd, Program in Gerontology

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Fall 2011: Gwendolyn Calhoon, Program in Neuroscience

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Fall 2010: Brian Peters, Program in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

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Fall 2009: Greg Bissonette, Program in Neuroscience

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Fall 2008: John Teijaro, Program in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

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Fall 2007: Rebecca Brady, Program in Molecular Microbiology & Immunology