Morton Thesis/Dissertation Award

Claudia Williams, Sociology - Thesis

What are your future goals?

Enroll at Howard University Law School during Fall 2014. After law school, I plan to pursue a career in public service/public interest law.

Of what organizations are you a member?

Graduate-level program assistant for B.R.A.V.E. (Bridging Resourcesto Achieve Victories in Education).

Of what achievement are you most proud?

The research experiences that I have participated in thus far in my career as a student. These experiences began with becoming a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research fellow in college and culminated with the completion of my thesis study this year.


Graduate Assistant Meritorious Teaching Award

Daniel Larkin, Philosophy

What are you future goals?

To secure a job in Philosophy, a job that would allow me to continue teaching. I honestly cannot imagine doing anything else.

Of what organizations are you a member?

Member of Phi Beta Kappa, the PGSA (Philosophy Graduate Student Organization), and a proud member of Tapping Philosophy.

Of what achievement are you most proud?

Most proud of is this award. I live to teach, and so, being recognized for my efforts is not only an honor, but further validates my own belief that I am doing something that matters.

Brittany Lott, Chemistry

What are your future goals?

Accepted a tenure-track faculty position teaching Physical Chemistry at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, which begins in January 2015. In the meantime, my husband and I are expecting our first child this July.

Of what organizations are you a member?

Biophysical Society, American Chemical Society Mid-south Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Of what achievement are you most proud?

Although I am thankful for the innumerable blessings I have been given, the professional achievement of which I am most proud is earning my doctorate in chemistry.

U of M Society Doctoral Fellowship

Denita Weeks, Biological Sciences

What are your future goals?

Secure a professorship at a university where I can teach, conduct research in my field, and advise students.

Of what organizations are you a member?

Biological Sciences Graduate Student Association, University of Memphis Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Chicago Herpetological Society Herpetologists League Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Ronald E. McNair Scholar Program FrogWatchUSA, Memphis Chapter

Of what achievement are you most proud?

Publication of Master's research in the Journal of Thermal Biology