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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology recognizes outstanding accomplishments of a predoctoral student with three awards:

Tom Steadman Teacher-Research Opportunity Award

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department is proud to announce that L.B. Fogt is the recipient of our departmental Tom Steadman 2019 Teacher-Research Opportunity Award. This award recognizes a high school teacher, who teaches hands-on research techniques, by providing the opportunity to contribute to original research.     

This award is named after Tom Steadman, a farmer/rancher in Woodward County, OK. It was from observing Mr. Steadman's actions that Dr. Fenton first realized the value of service as an important way of giving back to the community. Graduating high school students can benefit from help in exploring available career options; therefore, there is a need for individuals in professional fields to create opportunities to supply that help. The ability to identify needs in the community, coupled with the willingness to fill that need exemplifies how Mr. Steadman has led his life. 

Mrs. Fogt started her career with a BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 2001. However, in 2006, she initiated her career in secondary education after receiving both a BS equivalent in Biology and her Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from DePaul University in Chicago. Mrs. Fogt taught two years in Chicago before moving back to the Kansas City area.  In 2014, L.B. took over the leadership of what is now named the Olathe Public School's Medical Professions Academy (a 21st Century Program). At that time, she was charged to grow the program.  In only four years, the program has doubled in size, while maintaining a breadth of exercises to expose high school students to biotechnology and biomedical careers. In the same four-year window, two new courses have been implemented. The titles of the courses taught in the academy emphasizes the focus of Mrs. Fogt's program: Medical Professions Investigations; Genetic Applications; and Advanced Biotechnology.  The academy also maintains a partnership with Olathe Health that provides senior students internships at hospitals. Each year, Mrs. Fogt travels with teams of students to enable them to present at the National Experimental Biology Conference.  Within Mrs. Fogt's program, protein modeling is taught with support from the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology high school students and with a focus on creating scientific posters and the printing of 3-Dimensional protein models.  As an individual, Mrs. Fogt has a track record of seeking outside training opportunities to learn new scientific material to bring back to the classroom. Examples include a laboratory externship supported by the American Physiological Society and an externship at an Overland Park protein purification laboratory. Given her history of excelling as an educator, it is not surprising that Mrs. Fogt has previously received recognition as a stellar instructor (Educating Excellence Award and The Olathe North Eagle Award) and has been sought out to train other teachers (e.g., a lecturer at the National Association of Biology Teachers).  

During an awards ceremony at Olathe North,
Mrs. Fogt was presented with a certificate of
the 2019 Tom Steadman Teacher-Research Opportunity Award by Dr. Aron Fenton, Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Mr. John Allison, superintendent of the Olathe Public School District, was present to congratulate Mrs. Fogt for her outstanding record of accomplishments.

Recipients of the Tom Steadman Award:

Zulma Perez-Estrella 2017
Giselle McDonald 2018

Kimmel Award

The Joe R. Kimmel Award was established in 1985 as a memorial to Joe R. Kimmel, M.D., Ph.D. by colleagues and students. Dr. Kimmel, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was on the faculty from 1963 until his death in 1985.

It is awarded outstanding research presentation in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Student Research Forum.

Recipients of the Kimmel Award:

Robin Maser


Scott Falke


Subhaschandra Naik


Alex Machen


Larry Dobbs


Huimin Jiang


Mauricio Vargas Uribe


Carla Green


Alexsander Dajkovic


Dan Parente 


Michael Harding


Ryan Schulze


Rushi Trivedi


Bei Xie


Benjamin Weaver


Mary Ashley Rimmer


Stephen Parnell


Matthew Goering


 Zhen Zhang  2016

Shihyun You


Hiroo Katayama


 Jackie Thompson  2017

Susanna Harju


Troy Johnson


 Pierce O'Neil  2018

Grisolia Award

S_GrissoliaSantiago Grisolia Research Fellowship is awarded for Excellence in Biomedical Research by a Medical Student at the Student Research Forum.

Established in 1997 in commemoration of the esteemed career of Santiago Grisolia, M.D., Ph.D., by colleagues, associates, and students. Dr. Grisolia, Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas Medical Center, was Director of the McIlvain Laboratories, 1954-62 and Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1962-73.

Recipients of the Grisolia Award:

Stephen Clum


Bliss Hartnett


Nils R. Hoernle


Dan Parente


James Howard


Miranda Machacek


 Jacob Hodges







Last modified: Jun 26, 2019