Congratulations Elizabeth Fucich, Ph.D.!!!
On February 24th, 2017, Neuroscience graduate student Elizabeth Fucich (pictured right) presented her dissertation defense titled: 'Medial Prefrontal Cortical Mechanisms of Behavioral Therapy for Stress-Related Psychiatric Illness' to a lecture hall audience, whose members included her defense committee. She then went through a review of her dissertation and a question and answer process with the defense committee, before she was notified that she had successfully defended her dissertation and would be receiving her Ph.D.!
The Department of Pharmacology held a reception on March 2, 2017, in the Pharmacology Conference Room, to honor Dr. Fucich's accomplishment and to present her with her graduation 'gift', a personalized, custom, office chair. Department of Pharmacology Professor and Chairman, Alan Frazer, Ph.D. (above), recognized Elizabeth's accomplishments and contributions as a Neuroscience graduate student including being the recipient of the Neuroscience Early-Stage Training Grant from 2013 – 2014 and the Translational Science Training Grant from 2015 – 2016, she was a participant in the Program for Excellence in Science through the American Association for the Advancement of Science from 2016 – 2017, received the Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience as well as the William Thomas Booth Memorial Travel Award from the Department of Pharmacology at UT Heath SA, she presented her work at numerous local and national meetings, winning poster awards at Frontiers of Translational Science Research Day, the Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Retreat and the Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium at UT Health SA, was awarded Best Abstract and a New Horizons Podium Presentation at the Fort Sam Houston Graduate School Faculty Development and Research Symposium in San Antonio, Texas and was a Voice Poster Presentation and Data Blitz Presentation at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual Meeting in Hollywood, Florida. In 2016, Elizabeth was recognized as the Matthew P. Rowan Memorial Graduate Student of the Year in the Department of Pharmacology at UT Health SA, she gave lectures as part of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Undergraduate Research Program at UT Health SA and mentored several high school, undergraduate, and graduate students during her graduate career as well as serving as chair of the Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium Committee, president of the Graduate Student Association, and coordinator for Pharmacology & Neuroscience Trainee Whiteboard Sessions at UT Health SA in addition to serving on a variety of institutional committees and coordinating the institution’s first Biomedical Career Day. Elizabeth's mentor, Professor and Center for Biomedical Neurosciences (CBN) Director David Morilak, Ph.D. (above, left), also commented on the great work Elizabeth has done in the labs...running experiments, mentoring, training, problem solving and numerous other duties requested of her. In addition, the Graduate School Dean's Office presented Elizabeth with another gift...a new leather briefcase!
Elizabeth graciously thanked everyone for their support and will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D., as part of the Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans.
Congratulations Dr. Elizabeth Fucich!!!
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