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Outstanding WFU graduate student award fund nears goal

May 1, 2008

The Gordon A. Melson Outstanding Student Award Fund, which recognizes exemplary achievement by a master’s degree and doctoral graduate student at Wake Forest University, is within 10 percent of its fundraising goal to establish a permanent endowment.  So far, $22,726 has been raised toward the $25,000 endowment goal. 

The fund was established in honor of Gordon Melson, who retired in 2006 after 15 years as dean of Wake Forest University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  The award is given in recognition of an outstanding graduate student’s academic record, activity in his or her discipline, as well as university and departmental citizenship.

This year, the Department of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest donated $5,000 to the fund.  Anthony Marsh, associate professor of health and exercise science and director of the department’s graduate program, called the gift “a gesture in support of Dr. Melson, because he’s been a champion and a great supporter of graduate education in our department.”  Marsh said the faculty unanimously agreed to contribute as a department because “it would be more than any of us as individuals could have contributed to this worthy cause.”

During Melson’s tenure as dean, graduate programs were established in molecular genetics, molecular medicine, biomedical engineering, cancer biology, health sciences research and accountancy.  The number of doctorate and master’s degrees awarded more than doubled during that time on both the Reynolda and Bowman Gray campuses.

Recipients of this year’s $250 cash award are Erika Carlson, who will receive her master’s degree in psychology, and Jennifer Martelle, who will receive her doctorate degree in physiology and pharmacology.  Carlson and Martelle will receive their degrees during commencement exercises May 19.

For more information, call Helen Dowling at 336-716-4580.

Press Contacts:

Audrey Fannin
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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