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George V. Metzger Award

The George V. Metzger Award is given each year to a student completing the Ph.D. in Biophysics, who exemplifies the determination and values of George Metzger. Metzger was a Biophysics student who was diagnosed with cancer soon after he began his research project. Metzger had two thesis advisors: Paul E. Morrow, Ph.D. and George W. Casarett, Ph.D. He became more and more ill as his cancer progressed, but he showed great determination to finish his project. He finally defended his thesis in his hospital bed in December, not long before he died in January. His perseverance and determination were a strong inspiration to the whole Department and led to honoring Dr. Metzger with this award given in his name.

The selection of the recipient is based on the quality of the doctoral dissertation and supporting research.

Award Recipients

  • 1969 - S. Julian Gibbs, D.D.S.
  • 1970 - Philip Andrew Knauf
  • 1970 - Tor Norseth, M.D.
  • 1971 - Rudolph Lawrence Juliano
  • 1972 - Robert L. Swift
  • 1972 - Joseph G. Brand, III
  • 1973 - William M. Baldwin, III
  • 1973 - Ronald R. Warner
  • 1974 - Zvi IoavCabantzhik
  • 1974 - Fouad Ezra
  • 1975 - Eugene J. Barrett
  • 1976 - Paul J. Kostyniak
  • 1976 - Thomas D. Lockwood
  • 1977 - Steven K. Nordeen
  • 1978 - Steven L. Mendelsohn
  • 1979 - Arco Yingcheu Jeng
  • 1980 - Michael C. Detraglia
  • 1981 - Andrew H. Lichtman
  • 1982 - Barry M. Goldstein
  • 1983 - Kenneth S. Zaret
  • 1984 - Gabriel E. Pantelias
  • 1985 - Steven B. Baim
  • 1985 - Sean P. Scully
  • 1986 - Robert A. Colbert
  • 1987 - Nancy A. Standler
  • 1988 - Samuel E. Navon
  • 1989 - Jeffrey P. Bond
  • 1990 - Wen-Zhuo Li
  • 1991 - Si-qiong Liu
  • 1991 - Richard P. Moerschell
  • 1992 - Eric S. Bennett
  • 1993 - F. Temple Burling
  • 1994 - Robert E. Johnson
  • 1995 - Jeff P. Barnes
  • 1995 - Bradley R. Berg
  • 1996 - Robert M. Raphael
  • 1996 - Genevieve C. Sparagna
  • 1997 - Dongsheng Liu
  • 1998 - Samuel Woodley
  • 1999 - Michael Milano
  • 2000 - Thomas D. Colby
  • 2001 - Dmitry Lebedev
  • 2002 - Yaoiong Lin
  • 2003 - Dipesh Risal
  • 2004 - Christopher Spillmann
  • 2005 - Shubhadeep Purkayastha
  • 2006 - Lea Vacca
  • 2007 - Blanton Tolbert
  • 2008 - Xiaodong Wang
  • 2009 - Charles Mace
  • 2009 - Zhi Lu
  • 2010 - Prakash Palde
  • 2011 - Jessica Snyder
  • 2012 - Krystle McLaughlin
  • 2013 - Paul Black
  • 2014 - Joshua Horn
  • 2015 - Nicholas Leioatts
  • 2016 - He Fang
  • 2017 - Rakesh Chatrikhi