Garrett Gunderson, former Shiocton high school student earns prestigious award. – Submitted photo
The biochemistry majors who received summer awards were given a stipend to work in a faculty lab over the summer, without having to take up a second summer job to pay living expenses. This allows the students to get full-time experience working in a lab performing research.
“I am extremely honored and grateful to receive such a prestigious award,” says awardee Garrett Gunderson, who does research in the lab of Professor Judith Kimble. “I find the field of biochemistry extremely interesting and feel that the research in this field is essential for the further development of medical treatments and scientific understanding. To receive an award that will allow me to be a part of such exciting research is extremely humbling.”
Faculty and graduate students also benefit from having undergraduate researchers in the lab. Graduate students like Brian Carrick, who mentors Gunderson in the Kimble Lab, not only get experience mentoring young researchers but also get help furthering the research for their Ph.D.
“Garrett is incredibly hard working and driven, and it’s great to see his efforts being recognized,” Carrick says. “Undergraduates have become an integral part of our research team, both in conducting research and giving graduate students an opportunity to closely mentor these students. I’m excited Garrett is able to stay in Madison over the summer thanks to this award and work closely with me on further developing his laboratory skills.”