College of Graduate Studies' Persons of Distinction
Linnea Freeman is a fourth year PhD student and outgoing president of the Graduate Student Association. She has advocated interprofessional education at MUSC and been an active participant in the Graduate Students Reaching Out With Science (GROWS) program, which promotes the sciences among middle school children. Linnea is also a recipient of a prestigious National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.
Ryan Rhome is a seventh year MD/PhD student and founding president of the MUSC Gay Straight Alliance. Ryan has served as an important role model for creating an open dialogue around diversity issues. He has also published two book chapters and is first author on two research articles published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals.
Craig Beeson, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences has been voted the outstanding teacher of the year by the first year graduate students an unprecedented four times. Dr. Beeson exemplifies outstanding pedagogical skills that have been consistently recognized by both students and faculty.
Cynthia Wright, PhD, Associate Dean for Admissions and Career Development and Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology is an outstanding role model, particularly for the College’s female students. She has provided significant guidance to many of the College’s students. In recognition of her outstanding leadership capabilities, Dr. Wright was selected to attend the prestigious Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program.
Juan Carlos Varela, MD, PhD was selected by the Distinguished Graduate Committee as the Distinguished Graduate of the Year for 2010. Dr. Varela received numerous honors and awards during his time as a student, including the very prestigious NIH National Research Service Award fellowship. Dr. Varela will be doing his internship, residency and fellowship in Hematology & Oncology at Johns Hopkins Medical School.
Graduate Student Association once again received the MUSC Gives Back Award on behalf of all the graduate students for their outstanding community service. Of particular importance is the exciting new program that they initiated Graduate Students Reaching Out With Science (GROWS). Through this program, the graduate students bring exciting science projects to the classroom of middle school students.