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Student Recognition

Award Recipients for 2018

Freshman Achievement Award in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2018 Recipient: Joshua Archer

Outstanding Student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award
2018 Recipient: Joseph LaMartina

Benjamin Walloch Endowed Scholarship for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2018 Recipient: Isria Jarrett

Hope Kramer, BMB major, receives the John Williams Heart of Belmont Award

hope-kramer with her Heart of Belmont award
Each year, the presentation of the John Williams Heart of Belmont Award is greatly anticipated. The award honors one third year or fourth year student who embodies Belmont’s values, including innovation, persistence, advocacy for change, community development and service.

This year’s recipient, Hope Kramer, is a biochemistry and molecular biology major who will be attending medical school at the University of Iowa in the fall. Kramer has participated in study abroad trips to Glasgow as well as real-life learning opportunities with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Siloam Family Health Center. Outside of her classwork, internships, academic research and student organization involvement, Kramer has also been a member of the Reformed University Fellowship. She chose Siloam Family Health Center as the community partner recipient of the accompanying scholarship.


 Joshua Archer, BMB major, receives The First Year Award, Leadership


The First Year Award recognizes an outstanding first-year student who has made early investments in and contributions to the Belmont community. The recipient’s emerging leadership, service, perseverance, scholarship, and faith show promise of maturing and of supporting even greater contributions in the future.

Award Recipients for 2017

Freshman Achievement Award in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2017 Recipient: Kailey Shannon

Outstanding Student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Award
2017 Recipient: Sarah Maxwell

Benjamin Walloch Endowed Scholarship for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2017 Recipient: Isria Jarrett

Patrick Completes BS/MD Program at Meharry Medical College

Photo of Jordan Patrick holding his certificate at Meharry Medical CollegeJordan Patrick, a biochemistry and molecular biology major at Belmont, spent the first six weeks of his summer enrolled in Meharry’s BS/MD program, an invitational experience designed to enrich knowledge in the sciences and expose students to the medical school environment. This summer is Partick’s third season in the program.

Interested in pursuing a career in anesthesiology, Patrick has spent the last few summers in the program taking courses that he would likely face in medical school including organic chemistry, microbiology and health profession terminology, among others. Additionally, students participate in informative seminars throughout the summer including Gross Anatomy Lab and Wound Suturing. For his third year, Patrick has primarily been devoted to MCAT preparation courses, personal statement prep and admissions / financial aid seminars.

For Patrick, the best part of the experience has been the ways he’s been able to significantly engage with medicine. Prior to his time in Meharry’s BS/MD program, Patrick completed two programs in high school and has consistently been encouraged to build relationships with current medical students and doctors. Following the end of this program, Patrick will have been involved in a Meharry program for five consecutive years, making him the first student to complete all enrichment programs offered by the College.

“I attribute much of my undergraduate matriculation to the BS/MD program,” Patrick said. “It has given me exposure to classes that I have excelled in while at Belmont. After this year, I will have enough preparation to make a good score on my MCAT and continue my journey to medical school.”

Barber Finds Success in Summer ‘Aspirnaut’ Program

barberMary Barber has aspired to study science and become a doctor since growing up in a small Tennessee town. This summer, her dreams of scientific success are coming more and more into view as she completes a 10-week internship as an “Aspirnaut” at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A rising sophomore and biochemistry/molecular biology major at Belmont, Barber is participating in the research intensive program for students with diverse backgrounds and strong desires to pursue careers in medicine.

Barber said she’s wanted to devote her life to science and medicine for as long as she can remember. When looking for summer programs or internships after finishing her freshman year, Barber said Vanderbilt’s research internship, funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, stuck out because of its commitment to excellence–both inside and outside the lab.

barber“I chose this program because of its authentic commitment to diversity, opportunity and science. The Aspirnaut program goes beyond laboratory research–it seeks students that can enrich the field with their unique life stories and provides the resources to expand the potential of every single student.” Working in Dr. Billy Hudson’s lab in the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Center for Matrix Biology and Department of Biochemistry, Barber’s research uses chemical and biochemical approaches to focus on understanding Goodpasture’s autoimmune disease. Her work seeks to better understand the medical mystery surrounding how the disease develops and how medicine can treat it. Despite the experience of working in a state-of-the-art research facility among the nation’s top medical minds, Barber said some of her favorite memories have been the ones shared with her colleagues–fellow students, professors, researchers, doctors and even artists.

“I have enjoyed the amazing networking opportunities–and meeting some incredible people with the same vision for life as me,” Barber said. “I have been able to have intimate, important conversations with individuals that can help mold my future in a profound way. We are truly a mosaic of personalities and each person has a special quality they contribute.”

Barber looks to the program’s directors, Drs. Billy and Julie Hudson, for the experience’s transformative qualities. “They told us on the first day that we would learn a lot about science during our time here, but we would learn more about ourselves,” Barber said. “The truth within their words is astounding.” From learning how she interacts with others, to how she deals with challenges to how thinking creatively within the sciences is necessary, Barber said her time as an Aspirnaut has only strengthened the passions she developed as a child.

“Know that what I do in the lab can contribute to the solution for a human problem excites me and encourages me to continue working hard,” Barber said. “The key insights that I have gained through my coursework and extracurricular activities show me where my true passion lies and how far I can carry those things with me in the future.”



Belmont University Athletics hosted the 2015 Bruins' Choice Awards to celebrate the on-field and in classroom achievements of its student-athletes.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major Himesh Zaver won the Academic Achievement Award for Men's Soccer (highest GPA per team). 

Student Athlete Awards
At the 2013 Belmont University All-Sports Banquet, Kailee Hawkins, a senior majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Betty Wiseman Inspiration Award. Kailee is a member of the Women's Soccer Team.