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Release: Sept. 1, 2000

NIH awards UI graduate student a pre-doctoral fellowship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship to Nancy Hurtado-Ziola, a graduate student in the University of Iowa Biosciences Program. The honor is a national award given to a minority graduate student who shows great promise and potential.

Hurtado received a B.S. in biological science with a minor in biotechnology at California State University-Fullerton in June 2000. She has received competitive scholarship appointments at the University of Cambridge in England and the University of California-Davis. She also was awarded the title of Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Scholar at California State University-Fullerton.

Currently, Hurtado is performing a research rotation in the laboratory of Jeff Pessin, Ph.D., UI professor of physiology and biophysics. She plans to become affiliated with both the UI, as a researcher and professor, and with a biotechnology company.

"She is one of the most motivated students I've seen," said Andrew Russo, Ph.D.,
UI professor of physiology and biophysics, and director of the UI Biosciences Program.

The NIH, founded in 1887, is one of the world's leading medical research centers. Its mission is to "uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone." The NIH is one of eight agencies of the Public Health Services, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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