NOGLSTP is pleased to announce that the 2012 Battelle/NOGLSTP Out to Innovate scholarship awardees are Malakai Ryker and Carl Streed Jr.
The Battelle/NOGSLTP Out to Innovate 2012 undergraduate scholarship recipient, Malakai Ryker, will be a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the fall, majoring in Clinical Laboratory Science. After a rough start in family life and his early academic career, Kai found some safe space at University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF), and transitioned from female to male. He has maintained a high GPA, making the Dean’s list for the last three years. Kai’s volunteer activities both at UWRF and in the LGBTQA community have been numerous and fruitful. Kai was the Gay Student Alliance Co-chair at UWRF, member of the Trans Support Group, and spoke on intersex conditions among other activities. A role model for facing adversity and breaking out of the downward spiral, Kai has worked hard as a visible leader and has been successful at building a community on campus. Kai has been awarded the Diversity Organization Coalition Award for Academic Achievements and Contributions to Campus Community at UWRF.
The Battelle/NOGSLTP Out to Innovate 2012 graduate scholarship recipient, Carl Streed, Jr., graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Chemistry with Honors at the University of Chicago. Now attending Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Carl expects to complete his MD in 2013. Among his many honors, Carl has received the 2012 American Medical Student Association James Slayton Leadership Award for Leadership Excellence and in 2011, the Erickson-Zoellers Point Foundation Scholarship and the Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Award. He has held a number of positions on research teams at Johns Hopkins as well as Clinical Research Coordinator for Howard Brown Health Center and numerous pharmaceutical clinical studies. Carl is presently a student blogger for WebMD LLC Medscape.com for “The Differential”. Carl currently sits on the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association Board and is co-chair of their student/trainee Committee; National LGBT Policy Coordinator and Task Force Member of the American Medical Student Association.
As part of their $5,000 scholarship, NOGLSTP will offer each applicant a complimentary student membership to NOGLSTP and a complimentary registration to NOGLSTP’s “Out to Innovate” Summit to be held at Ohio State University in October, 2012.
With lead funding from Battelle Memorial Institute, the Battelle/NOGLSTP Out to Innovate Scholarship is the first such award targetted to LGBTA students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The scholarships are designed to promote academic excellence and increased visibility of talented LGBT students in STEM careers.