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Heidi Toomey – Marine Science

"My educational adventure began when I looked at my life and realized that I had stopped growing. 
Then, on a day I will never forget, I received a phone call that was a life changing moment for me.  I was in my car, with the tank low on gas, wondering how I was truly going to move, attend graduate school and start my new life.  When I picked up the phone I was informed of being a recipient of the ARCS Scholar Award.  I felt wonderful emotions of elation, joy, relief and especially excitement!  I knew in that moment that nothing could stop me.  I knew what I wanted and where I wanted to go and now I had the opportunity to really do it!  The feeling was raw and beautiful!"

Melissa Price – Cancer Biology

"I have just completed the Eukaryotic Gene Expression Course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and I would like to thank you for allowing me to have this amazing experience.....This course has provided useful knowledge that I will continue to use to search for a cure for cancer.

Melissa Price receives the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Melissa Price (ARCS Scholar Tampa Bay), a USF cancer cell biology graduate student and member of Dr. Alvaro Monteiro’s lab at Moffitt, has been awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellows. This National Institutes of Health award is considered one of the most competitive predoctoral fellowships available. (September 2012).