Yuxuan Wang Wins $20,000 Top Prize in University Co-op George H. Mitchell Student Awards

Yuxuan Wang, a biochemistry undergraduate senior working with Biomedical Engineering Professor Christine Schmidt and Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor Andrew Ellington, has won the $20,000 grand prize in the 10th annual University Co-op George H. Mitchell Awards for Academic Excellence for undergraduate students at The University of Texas at Austin.

The University Co-op awards celebrate and reward undergraduate students who have demonstrated unparalleled dedication and achievement in their fields of study.

Wang was nominated by Andrew Ellington, the Wilson M. and Kathryn Fraser Research Professor in Biochemistry, for her honors thesis "Aptamer Antagonists of Myelin Promote Axon Growth," which focuses on central nervous system repair. She was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Texas Institute for Drug and Diagnostic Development to pursue her research and has been recognized locally and nationally, winning the Barry M. Goldwater Award as a sophomore.

Wang will begin an M.D./Ph.D. program next fall, after selecting between full fellowships at Johns Hopkins University and Washington University at St. Louis.

"When we step back from the targets of our day-to-day issues, The University of Texas at Austin is extraordinary," said Michael Granof, chairperson of the University Co-operative Society. "By any reasonable standards it is one of the intellectual treasures of our country. And the students that we honor—as well as many of their classmates—will be the scientific, literary, artistic and political leaders of the future. They give us every reason to be optimistic about what lies ahead for Texas, the United States, and indeed, the world."

Granof hosted the awards presentation on April 29 at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Please join the department in congratulating Yuxuan on this highly prestigious and competitive award!