2010 - Stephen Piccolo
Receiving the Morgan Award was a great honor for me, and I enjoyed meeting two of his children at the seminar. I can tell Dr. Morgan was an incredible man, and it's great to be associated with his memory in some small way.
Having observed other Biomedical Informatics students who received this award, I was inspired to reach higher in my studies, in my research, and as a person. Their accomplishments challenged me to seek the same levels of excellence that they achieved. Although I can't say I attained the same successes that they did, I can definitely say that they (and the award) inspired me to reach higher.
Receiving the cash prize associated with this award has been a huge blessing to me and my wife. We have been fortunate enough to pay our bills during school, but we haven't had much left over. So we will be grateful to be able to use these some of these funds to take a trip together and to buy a few fun things.
I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, pursuing research in the area of translational bioinformatics. It's been a rewarding opportunity to continue learning new things every day and be in an environment focused on improving the lives of others. I hope to carry the momentum I've gained from my BMI education into my future career so I can make meaningful and lasting contributions.