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Students Win Merck Fellowships

  • April 13, 2015
Nathan Oluwagbemiga Larinde has been awarded one of two UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Scholarships given to UAB students this year. Solomon Gibson, a chemistry major and Global and Community Leadership Honors Program student, has been designated an alternate.
Merck Fellowship winnersNathan Oluwagbemiga Larinde, left, and Solomon Gibson Nathan Oluwagbemiga Larinde has been awarded one of two UNCF Merck Undergraduate Science Scholarships given to UAB students this year.

Larinde is a neuroscience major and Science and Technology Honors student who researches in the lab of Dr. Kazutoshi Nakazawa in the Department of Psychiatry. His UNCF Merck Science Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in financial support, mentoring, and the chance to intern at a Merck Facility over the summer. UAB has a remarkable track record with these prestigious scholarships; approximately 15 awards are given each year to students throughout the nation, and UAB has had 14 winners since 2008. Kudos to the UAB Honors College’s Science and Technology Honors Program for establishing a pipeline of students who have been successful in this competition; this is the fourth year that the program has produced two or more winners.

In addition to Larinde, Solomon Gibson, a chemistry major and Global and Community Leadership Honors Program student, has been designated an alternate. Gibson researches in the lab of Dr. Andrei Stanishevsky in the Department of Physics.