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Shertz Receives Marcy Speer Memorial Scholarship

Durham, N.C. (November 2009) — Cecelia Shertz, a graduate student in the University Program in Genetics and Genomics and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University Medical Center, has received the Marcy Speer Memorial Scholarship.

The Speer Memorial Scholarship, which honors the memory of Marcy Speer and her many contributions to Duke University and graduate training, also recognizes and supports one current talented student in the program. Marcy epitomized what we hope to strive for in science and life--someone who gives freely of their time and talents to realize a vision for those in the formative years of their careers. The deans of the medical school at Duke along with support from the chancellor, Victor Dzau have provided resources to support one current second-year student in the training program. All eligible candidates will be considered by the administrators of the program, and each year a current second-year student will be awarded the scholarship. The intention of the scholarship is to recognize not only highly talented and meritorious students, but also to recognize those who exemplify the ideals that Marcy championed. 

Shertz works in the laboratory of Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD, James B. Duke Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and Director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis.