Michelle Soltero will receive the 2003 Sigrid Leirmo Memorial Award in Biochemistry. Soltero is a fifth-year graduate student in Laura Kiessling”s lab. The results of her research, which has focused on the flavoprotein UDP-galactofuranose mutase, are being prepared for publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Soltero was cited for her willingness to help and her genuine interest in the work of others. She has been a member of the Student Faculty Liaison Committee since entering grad school, and is currently helping to organize the biennial Life Sciences Careers Day.
The award is designated for a graduate or postdoctoral student who best exemplifies the spirit of Sigrid Leirmo, who earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the UW-Madison and was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Bacteriology when she died in a bike accident in 1990. Recipients have proven their willingness to contribute to the intellectual and technical potential of their fellow students and colleagues. The award is provided by funds given in memory of Leirmo by her husband. Soltero will receive the award Feb. 7 at a departmental poster session.