Student Awards

The Audree Fowler Fellowship in Protein Science

Fowler photoIn 2008, an endowment from Dr. Audree Fowler established the Audree Fowler Fellows in Protein Science. Applications are solicited from graduate students in the Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program, Biological Chemistry, and Chemistry & Biochemistry Departments. Three recipients are presented with awards of $5,000 each and present their research at the Annual MBI Retreat.

Dr. Audree Fowler received her B.S. in chemistry from UCLA in 1956 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1963, when that field was almost exclusively male. She served as a NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and in UCLA’s Department of Biological Chemistry before becoming a research biological chemist in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Here on the Westwood campus, Dr. Fowler forged a distinguished research career that spans the sciences and includes more than 80 publications. She also built strong connections with the Molecular Biology Institute, the UCLA Protein Microsequencing Facility, where she served as director for 15 years, and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The sciences gave me a great life,” she explained. “Now I want to help others have access to the same opportunities I enjoyed.

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The Jules Brenner Scholar’s Achievement Fellowship in Molecular Biology

UntitledThis fellowship was made possible by a gift from MBI supporter Jules Brenner. Mr Brenner worked in the cinematography division of the motion picture industry from the end of his military service in 1959 to the day of his retirement in 1996, starting as a camera assistant/loader at Warner Bros up to Director of Photography (1968-1991) with such film credits as Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun,” John Milius’ “Dillinger,” the MacGyver TV series and the cult fave, “The Return of the Living Dead. He is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) and serves as a judge in their Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Competition. Since retirement he has been active as a motion picture and book reviewer, accredited by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a print and online freelance journalist.

Mr. Brenner believes that Molecular Biology is where the future lies and has provided a gift to recognize one outstanding student whose work is advancing the discipline. The awardee is selected by a committee of distinguished faculty and by Mr. Brenner, who also presents the prize at the Annual MBI Retreat.

Award Recipients