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NMSU graduate wins National Science Foundation Fellowship

John Gladden, a spring 1998 biochemistry graduate, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.

A Las Cruces native, Gladden was one of 900 students from across the nation to be awarded the fellowship. Gladden competed against almost 5,000 applicants for the fellowship.

NSF applicants must submit an essay detailing a research project they would like to conduct at graduate school. Gladden submitted a paper that details his interest in studying a certain protein channel in the cells of the inner ear - the hair cells - which are vital to hearing. Gladden says researchers have yet to prove the existence of the channel, and his essay describes a possible way to locate, map and clone the protein channel.

"Identifying this protein channel is vital because mutations of the channel may be responsible for hearing disorders," Gladden said.

Gladden will receive a $15,000 stipend and a tuition waiver of $10,500 annually for the next three years. Interested in developmental biology, Gladden plans to obtain a Ph.D. studying the role of biology from "egg to organism."

At NMSU, Gladden has maintained a 4.0 GPA and tutored high school students in calculus, geometry and algebra. In 1998, Gladden was awarded a New Mexico Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Fellowship and the Biochemistry Undergraduate Award for outstanding performance in Biochemistry 395 and 396. Gladden also was honored with the Russell Plant Organic Chemistry Award in 1996 and the Kennett Melgard Award for Outstanding Performance in Introductory Chemistry in 1995.

Joy Victory