The Samuel D. Colella Award

The Samuel D. Colella Award for Undergraduate Research in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh was made possible through an endowment established by Mr. Samuel Colella, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, class of 1962. After completing his BS in business and engineering, Mr. Colella went on to earn an MBA from Stanford University in 1971. He is the founder of Versant Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in the health care industry. Mr. Colella is currently the director of a number of biotechnology companies and the Chairman of Syrrx Inc. This award is presented in recognition of outstanding research performed by an undergraduate during the summer term.

Interested in applying for the Samuel Collela Summer Research Award? Contact your Biological Sciences Dept. PI. You will also need two support letters from faculty.

Previous winners of the Samuel D. Colella Award:

Summer Term Colella Awardee Laboratory
2019 Grace Wang Dr. Andy VanDemark
2018 Rachel Kocik Dr. Karen Arndt
2017 Gina Pacella Dr. Miler Lee
2016 Alex Lederer Dr. Karen Arndt


Alexa Jordahl Dr. Jeffrey Brodsky


James Donovan Dr. Beth Roman


Adair Borges Dr. Jon Boyle


Celeste Shelton Dr. Karen Arndt


Brittany Charsar Dr. Joseph Martens
2010 Maxwell Garber Dr. Linda Jen-Jacobson
2009 Victoria Hohenstein Dr. Graham Hatfull
2008 Rachel Botham Dr. Tia-Lynn Ashman
2008 Maritsa Scoulos-Hansen Dr. Paula Grabowski
2007 Devin Jones Dr. Rick Relyea
2007 Neil Umbreit Dr. Lewis Jacobson
2006 Sarah Hainer Dr. Jeffrey Lawrence
2006 Cynthia Metz Dr. Jeffrey Hildebrand
2005 Swarna Mohan Dr. Paula Grabowski
2005 Sarah Rogers Dr. Karen Arndt
2005 Daniella Rosenberger Dr. Rick Relyea

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