Alumna Piffath receives NSF fellowship – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Alumna Piffath receives NSF fellowship

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Crystal Piffath '02, a Dartmouth College graduate student in molecular and cell biology, a prestigious three-year fellowship funded by its Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

About 1,000 such fellowships are awarded annually to recognize outstanding graduate students in science, technology, mathematics and engineering. The award comes with a $30,000 annual stipend and up to $10,500 in tuition paid for by the foundation.

Piffath received the fellowship for her research titled “Key signal integrators in the activation of the metalloproteinase, ADAM17,” which focuses on the biology of cellular signaling, specifically the metabolic processes of a metalloproteinase, ADAM17. Lee Witters, a Dartmouth biochemistry professor and members of the the Dartmouth Medical School faculty helped Piffath with her application.

Piffath said she feels greater confidence in her decision to engage in research.

“Being awarded the Fellowship has given me self assurance in my decision to pursue scientific study,” she said. “The fellowship is a huge honor, and I am unbelieving still that I was chosen.”

Read about the award from The Dartmouth Online.