Pharmacy Doctoral Candidate Millidhashni Reddy Wins $10,000 Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Millidhashni Reddy, a College of Pharmacy doctoral candidate at The University of Texas at Austin, has won the $10,000 Michael H. Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the Graduate School/University Co-op Awards for Excellence in Graduate Education.

The Excellence in Graduate Education Awards recognize and reward outstanding graduate students for distinguished scholarship, research, writing and teaching.

Reddy, a Fulbright scholar, is completing her dissertation, which assesses cost of care and health outcomes in patients with HIV and drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa. The topic grew from her clinical experiences in South Africa and England, and results could affect how these patients receive treatment in the future. She is working with the World Health Organization to create a model to analyze the global data they collect.

In 2009, Reddy received an Outstanding Commitment award from the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). With funding from the CGI and the Pat Tillman Foundation she built and stocked a library called "Peo's Place" that brings literature, reference books, computers and continuing education to the KwaZulu Natal Midlands in South Africa.

Reddy plans to graduate in August 2011.

The Outstanding Dissertation Award recognizes exceptional work by doctoral students. Three awards of $4,000 each were presented to: Ian Ulysses Roederer, Astronomy; Reagan R. Wetherill, Psychology; and Naminata Diabate, Comparative Literature.

The Outstanding Thesis/Report Award recognizes exceptional work by a master's student. An award of $2,000 was presented to Emmanouil Chatzopoulos from Astronomy.

The Award for Excellence in Graduate Research recognizes outstanding research that is substantially in progress. Three awards of $2,000 each were presented to: William Liechty, Chemical Engineering; Sharon Adams, Geography; and Rebecca Onion, American Studies.

The William S. Livingston Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee Award recognizes an outstanding teaching assistant, assistant instructor and graduate research assistant. Three awards of $2,000 each were presented to Zeina Halabi, Middle Eastern Studies, for Outstanding Assistant Instructor; Ashley O'Connell, Section of Integrative Biology, for Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant; and Matthew Haley, Physics, for Outstanding Teaching Assistant.

The Graduate School and the University Co-op hosted the awards presentation on May 18 at The Four Seasons Hotel. The University Co-op provides the funding that makes these awards possible.