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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2009


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Karen Mallet
215-514-9751
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Georgetown Doctoral Candidate Receives Fellowship Grant from the National Science Foundation

Sonya Dumanis is the second interdisciplinary neuroscience student in as many years to receive NSF fellowship.


Washington, DCSonya Dumanis, a doctoral candidate at Georgetown University Medical Center, has been selected to receive a 2009 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship award. The award is given to first year graduate students and is based on ability and accomplishments, as well as the potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of the U.S. science and engineering enterprise. The NSF Fellowships are funded for a maximum of three years.

“We at NSF are proud to welcome you as a new member of the NSF research and education community,” says Carol Van Hartesveldt, PhD, acting division director in the division of graduate education at the NSF in an award letter to Dumanis. “We look forward to … success in your studies, and to having you share with us your achievements and contributions during graduate study and beyond.”

Dumanis’ research interest is in neurodegenerative disorders. She’ll begin her graduate fellowship this fall in the laboratory of G. William Rebeck, PhD, an associate professor in the department of neuroscience, to study the involvement of ApoE isoforms in Alzheimer's disease. Those who have the ApoE 4 isoform are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

“It's exciting to meet a new student with so much intelligence and enthusiasm,” says Rebeck. “Everyone Sonya works with recognizes her potential for a long and productive career in science, and we're here to help her along that path. She has a great sense of people and a real love of science which is a powerful combination.”

“I’m honored to be selected for this award which recognizes my dedication to my graduate studies in the sciences,” says Dumanis. “I’m proud to also be selected because of my interest in getting others excited about science.” About 14,000 students applied for the grants and only 950 awards were granted this year.

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through Georgetown’s affiliation with MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.


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