UK Student Awarded Predoctoral Fellowship

Contact: Amy Gilliam

 

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Willie Craft Jr. at work with a microscope
Willie Craft Jr.

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"Willie is very deserving of this fellowship,” said “He is motivated to succeed, and is very creative and insightful in his research. He is also a great role model for younger students, and really enjoys being a mentor."

- Becky Dutch
assistant professor
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry

LEXINGTON, Ky. (August 6, 2004) -- Willie Craft Jr., a University of Kentucky student in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health. The fellowship is awarded to a minority student involved in biodefense research.

Craft is the son of Willie W. Craft Sr. and Ollie M. Craft of Topeka , Kan.

“I am elated to receive such a prestigious award,” Craft said. “In doing so, I hope to serve as a role model in helping other minority students become aware of the opportunities present in the field of medical research, in addition to making contributions to the study of viral entry.”

The award provides up to five years of support for research training leading to a doctorate or equivalent research degree; the combined medical/doctorate degree; or other combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in the biomedical, behavioral sciences, or health services research. The fellowship is designed to enhance the racial and ethnic diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and health services research labor force.

Craft is also a mentor in the Bucks for Brains program and the freshmen summer program at UK .

"Willie is very deserving of this fellowship,” said Becky Dutch, assistant professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, UK College of Medicine, and program mentor. “He is motivated to succeed, and is very creative and insightful in his research. He is also a great role model for younger students, and really enjoys being a mentor."

"I am continually impressed by Willie's intelligence and by the incredible enthusiasm he brings to our department, and this award clearly shows the potential he has to continue his growth as a research scientist," said Kevin Sarge, professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, UK College of Medicine, and director of Graduate Studies for the department.


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