Outstanding Biochemistry Senior

The Outstanding Biochemistry Senior Award honors the Biochemistry senior who demonstrates excellence in academic achievement, with a GPA of 3.75 or above, and a demonstrated record of leadership and professional promise.

Mikaela Elder


Biochemistry Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Granted to an outstanding student to use for a research project.

Hunter Ogg


Alok Mehta 9-11 Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Gopal Mehta and Sneh Mehta, parents of Alok Mehta, to honor the victims of the 9-11-2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.  The scholarship is given to a student majoring in either Economics or Biochemistry with a GPA of 3.0 or better..

Izabella Mastroianni


 Frank X. Gassner Award

Dr. Gassner received his DVM in 1937 and then joined the CSU faculty.  Because of his establishment of the Endocrine Section, which later grew into the Department of Biochemistry, and because of his passion for research and education of young scientists, this award was created to recognize undergraduate students who excel in biochemical research.

Hunter Ogg


Charlotte & Gordon Myers Scholarship

The Charlotte and Gordon Myers Undergraduate Scholarship was established through the generosity of Charlotte and Gordon Myers, residents of Fort Collins, CO.

The award supports full time undergraduate students in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Recipients must have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Mohammad Ramadan


David Farney Scholarship

This scholarship was established by David Fahrney, a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, to provide scholarships annually for a junior or senior level biochemistry student who has an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and who have received an A in BC 401.

Anna Detry

Andres Fernandez


Jamie Carr Memorial

The Jamie Carr Memorial Scholarship was created to assist and encourage young people who embody Jamie’s spirit, style and intelligence. The scholarship is awarded to a Colorado resident undergraduate student enrolled fulltime, majoring in Biochemistry, and selected by the Undergraduate Awards committee to have met the criteria of the scholarship, including writing a short essay describing the student’s favorite shoes and the personal meaning that the shoes have to them

Hailey Sanders

Hunter Ogg


Betsy Starr Bruning Scholarship

The Betsy Starr Bruning Scholarship, was created to promote women in science in April 2016. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate pursuing a degree in Biochemistry, and selected by the Undergraduate Awards committee to have met the criteria of the scholarship.

Izabella Mastroianni

Heran Temesgen


Prof. P. Azari Undergraduate Fellowship

Established by a donation from Dr. Dean and Mrs. Ping Ping Tsao in honor of Dr. Parviz Azari to enhance student research opportunities in biochemistry and molecular biology research laboratories.  Dr. Azari, a CSU biochemistry professor for 39 years, was Dr. Tsao’s Ph.D. adviser.

Matthew Barker


Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Goldwater Foundation named a total of seven scholars from three Colorado universities, with four from CSU, two from the University of Colorado Boulder and one from the University of Colorado Denver. The national scholarship program, honoring  the late U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, was established to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Since 2008, 11 CSU students have been named Goldwater Scholars.

Mikaela Elder


Kano-Kiewit Scholarship in Biochemistry

Addie Kano was born in 1927 and grew up on farms in western Nebraska. Addie completed her B.A. at the University of Nebraska in Chemistry in 1948. Addie joined the Chemistry Department at Colorado A & M in 1948, working as a Research Assistant with Dr. Lowell Charkey. She subsequently was appointed Instructor in 1949 and then Assistant Professor, initially teaching freshmen chemistry and, later, physiological chemistry and biochemistry. In 1963, Addie joined the interdisciplinary group of faculty known as the Endocrine Section, which in 1965 formed the Department of Biochemistry (she was the first female tenured faculty member in the department). In the mid-1970s, Addie moved from a tenured faculty position to administration, becoming an Administrative Assistant and overseeing operations of the Department. She continued in this capacity until her retirement

in 1992, after 43 years of service to Colorado State University and its

predecessor. Addie was beloved by all in the Department. She was a surrogate mother for generations of undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. She knew everyone on campus and was the go-to person whenever something needed to be done. Addie was the human face of the Department.

Addie established the Kano-Kiewit Scholarship in Biochemistry before she passed away on July 30, 2018 at the age of 90. The generous spirit of Addie Kano will continue to impact additional members of our Departmental family, and we are truly grateful.

The recipient(s) of the scholarship shall: be full-time graduate or undergraduate students enrolled in Biochemistry; demonstrate financial  need  as  established  by  the   Office  of Student Financial Services of Colorado State University; and maintain an overall 3.0 GPA.

Parker Muck

Matthew Baer

Izabella Mastroianni

Heran Temesgen


James R. Bamburg and Laurie S. Minamide Endowed Research Fellowship

Kaeden Fisher


CURC Award Winners

High Honors

Grant Zimmerman

“The Doctor is Out: Continuing Education to Improve Patient Care and Physical Health

Annemarie Parker

“Capturing RNA localization pathways through an in vivo imaging technique”


College Honors

Kathryn Long

“Transcription Termination Factor in Archaea”


Best in Show

Meghan Stettler

“Cloning, expression, and purification of three Ferredoxin proteins found in Thermococcus kodakarensis”




Mauricio X. Zuber Award

Aldy Liman

Thomas Cast


Professor Parviz Azari Fellowship in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Ryan Czarny

Travis Sanders


Preecha Kowin Memorial Award for Outstanding Research by a Graduate Student

Dylan Parker

Kari Ecklund


Department Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award

Craig Marshall


CNS Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award

Travis Sanders


2019 College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Scholar Award

Ryan Czarny


2020-21 VPR Fellow

Lindsay Winkenbach