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Health Center Today, June 25, 2010

Auxiliary Presents More Scholarships, Awards

By Chris DeFrancesco

Photo of Ph.D. students William Ratzan and Katie Lowther

Ph.D. students William Ratzan and Katie Lowther are past recipients of short course travel awards from the Auxiliary. They attended the annual meeting to describe how the support enabled them to further their studies. Ratzan studied at Fukuoka Womenís University in Japan to advance his thesis research on fertilization. Lowther attended the"Frontiers in Reproduction" course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Photos by Chris DeFrancesco

The UConn Health Center Auxiliary formally presented another $50,000 in scholarships at its annual meeting June 22.

Medical students ($5,000)

  • Yvonne Chu
  • Alexandra Czap
  • Jessica Fuhr
  • Michael Kelleher

Dental students ($5,000)

  • Esther Gonzalez
  • Hannah Hughes

Graduate students ($5,000)

  • Amanda McManus, master of dental sciences
  • Christine Turner, master of public health

Nursing students ($2,500)

  • Amanda Ciervo
  • Katarzyna Tesz

The Auxiliary also is providing $5,000 in travel money for Ph.D. students.

Additionally, Marc Lalande, senior associate dean for research planning and coordination, accepted a $5,000 award from the Auxiliary for equipment in the Cell and Genomic Sciences Building, due to open later this year at 400 Farmington Ave.

Facilitator Irene Engel highlighted the Auxiliaryís most recent endeavors, including "The Family Place" and "WHALE" programs, and the groupís involvement with the American Mural Project.

More information about the UConn Health Center Auxiliary is available at

Photo of Coach Jim Calhoun speaking to a group of bike riders

Dr. Monty MacNeil, dental school dean, presents a scholarship on behalf of the Auxiliary to master of dental sciences student Amanda McManus.

Photo of Coach Jim Calhoun

Nursing scholarship recipient Amanda Ciervo (left) and her mother, Holly, thank Auxiliary Facilitator Irene Engel. Amanda is studying at Central Connecticut State University.