We congratulate all of our 2019-20 PhD graduates from the BSD. Each has attained the highest degree awarded, and some have had their extraordinary accomplishments acknowledged through the award of their program's prize for contributions to their field. Simone Rauch’s outstanding thesis work has additionally been recognized with the BSD Best Dissertation Award. We also recognize Professor Megan McNerney, nominated by her students for her passion for research and dedication to training, as a recipient of the University’s Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award.
Since we cannot gather in person, we present recorded remarks from Dean Kenneth Polonsky and our featured speaker, Professor Neil Shubin, in a video produced by the UChicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Division Development Office.
For all of you who graduated this academic year, please accept my heartfelt congratulations. While I greatly look forward to a future ceremony—where we can come together to mark this important occasion in person—now is the time to celebrate your remarkable achievements. I wish you the very best of fortune, and look forward to staying connected with you as you move on to the next stage of your life and career.
Victoria Prince, PhD
Dean and Director, Graduate Affairs