Elizabeth Sumiec, a junior biochemistry major who works in the lab of Department of Human Oncology Assistant Professor Zachary Morris, has been awarded a 2020 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious science awards conferred upon undergraduates in the United States.
For the past two years Sumiec has worked in the Morris Lab, where she collaborates on four projects. She is chiefly responsible for one of those projects, an investigation into the potential therapeutic interaction of radiation therapy and a novel GIFT4 B cell therapy.
She received the Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship as a sophomore and is scheduled to present her work at an upcoming meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. She also is co-author on two manuscripts, one of which was recently submitted to the journal Frontiers in Immunology. Sumiec plans to pursue an MD/PhD in cancer biology.