Previous Recipients

August 2021 TAPS Awardees

TAPS Awardee Mentor Conference
Tova Bergsten Joanna Burdette Society for the Study of Reproduction 54th Annual Meeting
Xiao Guo Jim Wang 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and the Nature Glial Biology in Medicine Conference 2021
Carolyn Straub Andrew Riley Gordon Research Conference: 2021 Medicinal Chemistry (GRS)
Straub

Thanks to the generous support I received through the TAPS award, I was able to attend the Gordon Research Seminar on Medicinal Chemistry 2021. The conference was a fantastic opportunity to communicate my research to my peers, receive feedback on my project, and learn about medicinal chemistry principles. I left the experience feeling motivated by the engaging interactions I had with both peers and faculty.

Carolyn Straub, PhD Candidate  |  PSci Graduate Student
Guo

With the generous support of TAPS, I was able to attend two conferences which broadened my horizon and depth of knowledge.

The Glia biology conference was such a great experience where I could have opportunities to get in touch with the most frontline research and technologies in the field of glia biology. Attending several lectures given by pioneers in the field inspired me and gave me some clues on how to deepen my current research.

In another neuroscience conference Society of neuroscience 2021, I had chances to discuss with peers on more than hundreds of poster presentations and lectures and such intense meeting does provide me with many ideas, from experimental designing, technologies in fashion and the most updated research hot spots.

Xiao Gui, PhD Candidate  |  PSci Graduate Student

May 2019 TAPS Awardees

TAPS Awardee Mentor Conference
Alemseged Asfaw Greg Calip 24th Annual International International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Meeting
Jose Colina Joanna Burdette Society for the Study of Reproduction 52nd Annual Meeting
Jesse Gordon-Blake Greg Thatcher Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Cutler Lewandowshi Greg Thatcher Alzheimer's Association International Conference
Nadia Nabulsi Lisa Sharp 24th Annual International International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Meeting
Mirielle Nauman Jeremy Johnson American Society of Pharmacognosy National Meeting
Chris Saffore Todd Lee 24th Annual International International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Meeting
Jifang Zhou Greg Calip 24th Annual International International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Meeting
Zhou

The ISPOR meeting definitively enabled me to build upon my robust skillset so that I may master the development and implementation of new clinical decision support tools for utilization in a clinical practice setting. The ISPOR meeting provided tremendous support during this critical time while I transition from mentored research toward opportunities for research leadership positions as a faculty member.

Jifang Zhou, MD, MOH, PhD Candidate  |  PSOP Graduate Student
Nabulsi

Attending the 2019 ISPOR Conference helped me immensely by providing an opportunity to present and discuss my research, attend presentations and workshops, and interact with leaders in the field of health economics and outcomes research.Ihavearenewedunderstandingofhowmyresearchcontributestothisfieldandastronger grasp on where I see myself in the future as I continue to pursue a PhD in Pharmacy. I would like to thank the donors who provide alumni support for this I would like to thank the donors who provide alumni support for this wonderful opportunity to travel, attend the ISPOR conference, and present my research

Nadia Nabulsi, PhD Candidate  |  PSOP Graduate Student
Asfaw

Attending the ISPOR 2019 conference has helped me in terms of showcasing my research and my work in the student organization. It helped me to build stronger relationships with industry leaders, officials from several different organizations, as well as faculty and student researchers from other universities. During the conference, I was able to attend multiple sessions that covered current issues and future directions in the field of outcomes research. I want to express my appreciation for alumni support that enabled me to take I want to express my appreciation for alumni support that enabled me to take part in this conference by way of a Travel Award for PhD Students. These awards help students to engage in experiences that have the ability to shape their future studies and careers.

Alem Asfaw, PhD Candidate  |  PSOP Graduate Student
Saffore

The TAPS Travel award allowed me to attend the 2019 International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Conference. This award provided me with the opportunity to present my work and learn from thought leaders in the filed on the new trends in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research. I am overwhelmingly appreciative of the opportunity afforded to me by this award.

Christopher Saffore, PharmD, PhD Candidate  |  PSOP Graduate Student
Colina

Attending the 2019 national meeting for the Society for the Study of Reproduction allowed me to present my research to a collection of the world’s leading ovarian cancer researchers and foster future collaboration. This opportunity allowed me to showcase our current and future work to experts who will review our publications and grants. Furthermore, this experience allowed me to network with future employers for academic post-doctoral positions.

Thank you to all the donors that made the 2019 “Travel Award for PhD Students” possible.

Jose Colina, PhD Candidate  |  PSci Graduate Student
Gordon-Blake

My experience at AAIC this year was very positive as it showed me many career options, introduced me to valuable contacts in the field, and allowed me to expose the greater Alzheimer’s field to my novel research.

Jesse Gordon-Blake, PhD Candidate  |  PSci Graduate Student

November 2018 TAPS Awardees

TAPS Awardee Mentor Conference
Sungjoon Cho Young Jeong Keystone Symposia (Microbiome: Chemical Mechanisms and Biological Consequences)
Brian David Terry Moore ACS National Fall Meeting
Tanja Florin Shura Mankin Ribosome Structure and Function 2019
Yukuang Guo Young Jeong Keystone Symposia (Microbiome: Chemical Mechanisms and Biological Consequences)
Rachel Knopp Greg Thatcher 14th International Conference on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases
Sylvia Kunakom Alessandra Eustaquio 2nd Synthetic Biology for Natural Products Conference
Timothy Langridge Rick Gemeinhart 46th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Controlled Release Society
Inyoung Lee Todd Lee 24th Annual International International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Meeting
Nilanjana Sadhu Jim Wang American Pain Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting
Karol Sokolowski Rick Gemeinhart 2019 NCCN Conference: Improving the Quality, Effectiveness, and Efficiency of Cancer Care™
Ashutosh Tripathi Young Jeong Keystone Symposia (Microbiome: Chemical Mechanisms and Biological Consequences)
Alexandria Young Joanna Burdette EORTC-NCI-AACR Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics Symposium
Lee

Attending ISPOR conference provided a great opportunity to present my research and learn up-to-date issues from the current professionals. Since I am close to graduating, it has also been a valuable way to network with professionals in the field and meet friends from my past experiences. I want to express my gratitude for your kind action that supported my travel to ISPOR I want to express my gratitude for your kind action that supported my travel to ISPOR conference this year. Attending the conference has been a great way to present my research and network with current professionals in the field. Thank you for making this experience possible!”

Inyoung Lee, PhD Candidate  |  PSOP Graduate Student, UIC-AbbVie PPS Research Fellow
Young

When the Burdette Lab does preclinical drug development to find new chemotherapeutics for ovarian cancer from natural product sources, we look for the most potent compounds we can find and focus on target discovery later in our most promising hits. Discovering new targets is exciting, but can lead us into unfamiliar fields, and that’s why being able to learn and network at the joint European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Symposium on Molecular Targets & Cancer Therapeutics was so helpful to our explorations into these new target spaces. Thanks so much for enabling my attendance at the conference to happen!

Alexandria Young, PhD, MD candidate  |  MSTP Graduate Student
Florin

Attending the Ribosome Structure and Function 2019 meeting in Mérida, Mexico was a great experience that will enhance my current work as a scientist and career outlook. I received very valuable feedback during the presentation of my research study in the form of a poster, and I enjoyed the exchange of ideas with experts in the field. In addition, my participation in the meeting was instrumental in my future career as a scientist because it allowed me to interact personally with potential employers and even resulted in a job offer.

Tanja Florin, PhD  |  PSci Graduate Student
Sokolowski

Receiving the TAPS travel award allowed me to attend the 2019 National Comprehensive Cancer Network Conference. Having the chance to present my work while also discussing the recent advancements in cancer treatment guidelines, the same ones I used in pharmacy didactics, was an enlightening and surreal experience. I am grateful for the extraordinary opportunity to partake in front lines of clinical care on a national level.

Karol Sokolowshi, PharmD/PhD Candidate  |  PharmD and PSci Graduate Student
Kunakom

This conference brought together a unique consortium of experts from diverse backgrounds that have significantly impacted the field of natural products research. A challenging but rewarding experience – most of the participants were either academic or industrial professionals while the students who attended were very advanced in their doctorate career. This excellent opportunity allowed me to network with top researchers and scientists from a wide range of institutions, which could provide a clearer insight to decide which path to pursue. Furthermore, the venue of the conference was in Puerto Vallarta, which was a more relaxing and friendly environment to exchange and share scientific ideas.

Sylvia Kunakom, PhD Candidate  |  PSci Graduate Student