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Student Recognition

Award Recipients for 2017

Freshman Achievement Award in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2017 Recipient: Kailey Shannon

Outstanding Student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award
2017 Recipient: Sarah Maxwell

Benjamin Walloch Endowed Scholarship for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2017 Recipient: Isria Jarrett

Award Recipients for 2016

Freshman Achievement Award in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2016 Recipient: Mary Barber

Outstanding Student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award
2016 Recipient: Felicity Newton

Benjamin Walloch Endowed Scholarship for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2016 Recipient: Isria Jarrett


Barber Finds Success in Summer ‘Aspirnaut’ Program

barberMary Barber has aspired to study science and become a doctor since growing up in a small Tennessee town. This summer, her dreams of scientific success are coming more and more into view as she completes a 10-week internship as an “Aspirnaut” at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A rising sophomore and biochemistry/molecular biology major at Belmont, Barber is participating in the research intensive program for students with diverse backgrounds and strong desires to pursue careers in medicine.

Barber said she’s wanted to devote her life to science and medicine for as long as she can remember. When looking for summer programs or internships after finishing her freshman year, Barber said Vanderbilt’s research internship, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, stuck out because of its commitment to excellence–both inside and outside the lab.

barber“I chose this program because of its authentic commitment to diversity, opportunity and science. The Aspirnaut program goes beyond laboratory research–it seeks students that can enrich the field with their unique life stories and provides the resources to expand the potential of every single student.” Working in Dr. Billy Hudson’s lab in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Center for Matrix Biology and Department of Biochemistry, Barber’s research uses chemical and biochemical approaches to focus on understanding Goodpasture’s autoimmune disease. Her work seeks to better understand the medical mystery surrounding how the disease develops and how medicine can treat it. Despite the experience of working in a state-of-the-art research facility among the nation’s top medical minds, Barber said some of her favorite memories have been the ones shared with her colleagues–fellow students, professors, researchers, doctors and even artists.

“I have enjoyed the amazing networking opportunities–and meeting some incredible people with the same vision for life as me,” Barber said. “I have been able to have intimate, important conversations with individuals that can help mold my future in a profound way. We are truly a mosaic of personalities and each person has a special quality they contribute.”

Barber looks to the program’s directors, Drs. Billy and Julie Hudson, for the experience’s transformative qualities. “They told us on the first day that we would learn a lot about science during our time here, but we would learn more about ourselves,” Barber said. “The truth within their words is astounding.” From learning how she interacts with others, to how she deals with challenges to how thinking creatively within the sciences is necessary, Barber said her time as an Aspirnaut has only strengthened the passions she developed as a child.

“Know that what I do in the lab can contribute to the solution for a human problem excites me and encourages me to continue working hard,” Barber said. “The key insights that I have gained through my coursework and extracurricular activities show me where my true passion lies and how far I can carry those things with me in the future.”



Belmont University Athletics hosted the 2015 Bruins' Choice Awards to celebrate the on-field and in classroom achievements of its student-athletes.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major Himesh Zaver won the Academic Achievement Award for Men's Soccer (highest GPA per team). 

Student Athlete Awards
At the 2013 Belmont University All-Sports Banquet, Kailee Hawkins, a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Betty Wiseman Inspiration Award. Kailee is a member of the Women's Soccer Team.