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Feedback From Fellows

Hear what past recipients of Carl Storm URM Fellowships have to say about GRC and the Fellowship Program:

"Receiving the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship afforded me one of the best memories of my graduate career. The chair of my conference decided to change the format of our conference to allow some graduate students to give a brief oral introduction to their research. I was chosen to give a presentation. Not only was I able to meet world renowned scientists from across the globe, I was also able to verbally present my work to them. I felt well received and that I could do anything. It was the confidence booster that I desperately needed to further fuel me to complete my doctoral studies. I am most grateful to have received the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that has initiated my research endeavors."

Reeshemah N. Allen, Ph.D.
Jackson State University
2005 Carl Storm Fellow and Poster Presenter
Biological Molecules in the Gas Phase GRC

"The Carl Storm Fellowship allowed me to fulfill the dream of attending a conference of very high caliber. As it is typically difficult for minority students to partake of the vast number of mainstream funding programs that become available, the Storm Fellowship helps to accomplish the goals of learning about cutting-edge research and build professional networks that will bring to fruition a scientific career."

Edward Sambriski
Graduate Student, University of Oregon
2006 Carl Storm Fellow and Poster Presenter
Polymer Physics GRC

"As a recipient of the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship, I had the support needed to attend the Gordon Research Conference: Cellulases and Cellulosomes. At that conference I met the top scientist in one of my research areas. I had the opportunity to contribute with new approaches on cellulose studies, improve my research project with new ideas, and to share the conference with other scientists and graduate students in a rich multicultural environment."

Almaris Alonso
Graduate Student, U. of Massachusetts, Amherst
2005 Carl Storm Fellow and Poster Presenter
Cellulases and Cellulosomes GRC

"I would not have been able to attend the Neural Development GRC without the Carl Storm Fellowship. Attending the GRC gave me opportunity to interact with leaders in my field. With them, I shared a wide range of thoughts and ideas. I also heard the latest questions and how they are being addressed in my field. The PIs were very friendly and willing to discuss ideas. Their input made me realize that not only I am on the right track but that my goals are within reach."

Gregorio Valdez
Post Doc, Harvard University
2006 Carl Storm Fellow
Neural Development GRC

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