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Pharmacy graduate student named to Granof Award

Photo Millidhashni (Milli) Reddy, graduate student in the College of Pharmacy's Division of Pharmacy Administration, was named recipient of the Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the Graduate School/University Co-op Awards Banquet on May 18.  The award includes a $10,000 prize, underwritten by the Co-op.

 "The University of Texas at Austin has nearly 12,000 graduate students," said Dean Lynn Crismon.  "The College of Pharmacy is a relatively small program, representing less than one percent of all graduate students at UT.  To have one of our graduate students win this award is an exceptional honor; however, this is reflective of the extraordinary individual that Milli is."  

Reddy is conducting her graduate research under the supervision of Dr. Karen Rascati, professor of pharmacy administration. Other professors nominating her for the award include Drs. Jamie Barner, associate professor of pharmacy administration, and Marv Shepherd, division head and professor of pharmacy administration.

"In addition to meeting all of the criteria for this award, Milli is also an eloquent speaker and leader," said Rascati. " She was inspiring when she was interviewed on the Today show about her project in South Africa.  Her leadership skills were showcased when she was elected as student president for an international professional society. Her enthusiasm is infectious and she has convinced many to become involved in her mission to improve healthcare in underserved areas. She is truly deserving of this award."

The Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award was established in 2008 to recognize a University of Texas at Austin graduate student of exceptional distinction.  Criteria for selection include: scholastic achievement at the highest level, creative contributions beyond degree or departmental requirements, commitment to diversity, and exceptional service to UT Austin.  Each graduate program may nominate only one doctoral student for the award.

In his letter nominating Reddy for the award, Dean Crismon wrote:

"Milli is one those rare individuals that a faculty member typically has the opportunity of supervising only a few times in his or her academic career.   Milli fits every description of excellence.  She came to UT Austin as a Fulbright Scholar, and she has excelled in every aspect of her graduate education.  Her research is creative, and importantly, it addresses a major societal need – the health outcomes and cost of care for the people of South Africa who are infected with HIV and drug resistant tuberculosis. She is collaborating with the World Health Organization in these efforts, and her research will likely lead to the development of a global model for the analysis of such data."

Reddy was one of three College of Pharmacy students invited to participate in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) when it came to campus in 2009.  As a result of that initiative, she received funding from CGI as well as from the Patrick Tillman Foundation to establish a library for citizens in a remote area of South Africa.  She organized other pharmacy graduate students to be involved in this effort and several travelled with her to South Africa in December 2009 to personally deliver books for the library.

In her comments upon receiving the award, Reddy announced that she would use her $10,000 award to further her efforts to provide library services to the citizens of rural South Africa.

During her time at the college, she has distinguished herself as an outstanding teaching assistant, receiving the Texas Excellence Teaching Award for a graduate student teaching assistant in 2008.  She is an active member of the Pharmacy Graduate Student Association and the UT Graduate Student Assembly.

"At UT Austin, we like to say that what starts here changes the world," Dean Crismon continued.  "Milli is utilizing her experiences at UT Austin to change the lives of people in South Africa and perhaps ultimately the world.  She represents the type of excellence that we aspire to achieve at the university." 

"It is moments like this that remind me of why we are here and why we strive to do all that we can to provide exemplary education to students," Crismon concluded.  

Last Reviewed: May 23, 2011

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