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Thoyd Melton Award

The Thoyd Melton Award was established to recognize an outstanding oral presentation by a graduate student. At the time of his premature death on Nov. 22, 2000, Thoyd Melton was Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of graduate studies at N.C. A&T State University. Prior to this position, Dr. Melton was a member of NC State University's Department of Microbiology and an Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Dr. Melton was very active in research and particularly in graduate education. In 1999, he received the William A. Hinton Research Training Award from ASM. This award honors an individual who has made significant contributions toward fostering the research training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology.

Those of us who knew Thoyd have no trouble remembering him. Thoyd loved scientific problems and was renowned for his questioning of seminar speakers. His questions, while never barbed, were incisive and driven by a conviction that outstanding problems and inconsistencies in the project being described could be solved--right then and there. He could also deduce (and want to discuss) exciting implications of a project. With Thoyd in the audience, a student presenter would always come away with some new ideas.

It is in this spirit that the NC ASM branch offers the Thoyd Melton Award for an outstanding graduate student presentation.

Melton Award Recipients

2015 Fall Erin Almand NC State University
2014 Fall Stephanie Matthews NC State University
2013 Fall Maria White University of North Carolina-Wilmington
2012 Fall    
2011 Fall David Martinson
East Carolina University
2010 Fall Caitlin Mattos Briggs
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
2009 Fall Erin McElvania TeKippe University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
2008 Fall Alice Lee North Carolina State University
2007 Fall Nathan Rigel University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
2006 Fall Belen Belete Wake Forest University School of Medicine
2005 Fall Anne Tart Wake Forest University School of Medicine
2004 Fall Deborah Ramsey Wake Forest University School of Medicine
2003 Fall Anne Haase Wake Forest University
2002 Fall Nicole Kesty Duke University Medical Center

Last updated by James W. Brown | Department of Biological Sciences | College of Sciences | NC State University