Camarillo, Calif., July 27, 2011 – The MS Biotechnology and MS Biotechnology/MBA dual degree programs at CSU Channel Islands (CI) recently announced various scholarship awards to 38 graduate students.

The scholarships were presented during the Fifth Annual Colloquium held at the Thousand Oaks campus of Extended University. The Colloquium featured team project presentations by graduate students in the above programs as well as scholarship presentations. .

Amgen Scholarships for $2,000 were awarded to: Eugene Babcock, Jessyka Dalton, Laila Esmail, William Ferguson, Robert Heggen, Michele Hom, Shruti Iyer, Valerie Lake, Jennifer Maxey, Jennil Patel, Viveth Raghavan, Heather Smith, and Tiffany Wolfe.

Amgen Graduate Assistant Scholarships for $2,160 were awarded to: Lincoln Breck, Jordan Daniels, Deborah Gaines, Mallory Holland, Adrien Larsen, Mahalakshmi Sridharan, and Yifeng Yuan.

CI Vista Scholarships for $1,750 were awarded to Jessyka Dalton and Adam Gainford; Michael Silva was awarded $2,000.

The Stem Cell Research Trainee Scholarships and Internship Stipends for $35,750 were awarded to graduate students in the Stem Cell Emphasis of the MS in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Program, including William Ferguson, Anukriti Sharma, Lincoln Breck, Sam Dabestan, Grant Gabrelow, Mallory Holland, Adrien Larsen, Ryder Paredes, Michael Silva, and Yifeng Yuan. These scholarships and stipends are supported by a grant awarded to CI from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Extended University Stem Cell Research Trainee Scholarships for $5,400 were awarded to: Tshering Dolkar, Shruti Iyer, Jennifer Jones, Elaheh Mohammad Asghari, and Mahalakshmi Sridharan.

Dr. Ching-Hua Wang, the Principal Investigator for the CIRM grant said, “Collectively, we offered over $430,000 in scholarships and stipends to 38 graduate students. It is remarkable to see so many outstanding graduate students receiving so much support to carry out their scientific endeavors.”

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