USF medical student one of 53 to win national research award from AOA medical honor society

Third-year medical student Curtis Gravenmier was awarded the 2016 AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship award for his research titled “Evolution of the Warburg Effect as Metabolic Bet-Heding: A Multidisciplinary Study.”

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Gravenmier, who was one of 53 students selected from medical schools across the country, earned the award earlier this year as part of his work in the Scholarly Concentrations Program in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. His mentor is Robert A. Gatenby, MD, professor and chair of Diagnostic Imaging at Moffitt Cancer Center.

Gravenmier’s part of the research project includes calculating the mathematics and computer modelling. His work earned him the Best MCOM Medical Student II Presentation at the 26th Annual USF Health Research Day this past February and Best Preclerkship Oral Presentation for the 6th Annual Scholarly Concentration Program Student Symposium.

Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) is the national honor medical society that recognizes academic excellence, leadership, and service. The AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship encourages and supports student research, emphasizing student-designed and initiated projects. The award includes a $5000 award, with $1000 available for travel to a national meeting to present research results.

The faculty councilor to the USF MCOM Florida Gamma Chapter of the AOA is Catherine Lynch, MD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, associate vice president for Faculty Development and Women’s Health, and associate dean for MCOM Faculty Development.