Health Sciences Major Receives Inaugural Student Research Award
Alice Yi ’22, who has conducted cutting-edge research on a rare form of cancer, has been selected as the first recipient of the Bucknall Family Undergraduate Research or Experiential Learning Award.
February 3, 2020
By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications
Before even arriving on campus, Alice Yi ’22 was already planning how she would make the most of her time as a student at the University of New Haven – and beyond. Leading up to the start of her first year, she reached out to Ashish Upadhyaya, MBA, director of the University’s Health Professions Advising Center, to ask how she could best begin to prepare for medical school.
"I knew immediately that Alice was a special student," wrote Upadhyaya in his nomination of Alice for the Bucknall Award. "I immediately recognized her potential and the importance of nurturing her potential. Alice had to adjust to living in a new environment where she did not know a single person; however, she has excelled in her coursework, co-curricular activities, and research endeavors."
Yi says she was attracted to the University by the opportunity to pursue hands-on research as early as her first year.
"Academically, Alice is a stellar student," Dr. Zito, Yi’s SURF adviser, wrote in her nomination of Alice for the Bucknall Award. "She has said she is interested in understanding emerging diseases but also making sure people get properly diagnosed so that they can be properly treated. I believe she will be one of our success stories. She is an impactful member of the University community outside of the lab and classroom as well."
"Alice was selected from a very competitive field of candidates representing all the academic schools and colleges at the University," said Ron Harichandran, vice provost for research and dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering. "The selection committee found the research she did during her 2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to be exciting and of high quality. Alice is a deserving inaugural recipient of this important award."
"It truly is an honor, as I know the other nominees are just as talented and impressive."Alice Yi ’22
Yi says she is grateful for the support of faculty, staff, and her classmates. She plans to continue to conduct research, and she plans to pursue both her M.D. and Ph.D. and become a clinical pathologist.
"Receiving this award means a lot to me," said Yi, who also hopes to become a professor one day. "It is very humbling and gratifying to be recognized with such a prestigious honor."