University of Alabama in Huntsville senior David Gray, 32, was honored with the first Gopi Podila Memorial Scholarship on Sept. 14, 2011. Gray, a non-traditional student, is expected to receive his bachelor’s degree this spring. Gray was nominated for the scholarship by Leland Cseke, Ph.D., a professor at UAHuntsville specializing in plant molecular biology. The $1,000 scholarship was made possible through funds donated by the family of Gopi Podila, Ph.D., a former professor and chair of the UAHuntsville Biological Sciences Department. Each year, biological sciences faculty will identify a deserving undergraduate student to receive the scholarship based on academic performance, service to the department and a demonstrated interest in biological research. Individuals wishing to contribute to the scholarship fund should email firstname.lastname@example.org. From left to right, Adam Hott, Ph.D., representing the Partnership for Biotechnology Research; Debra Moriarity, Ph.D., chair of the UAHuntsville Biological Sciences Department; David Gray, UAHuntsville senior and recipient of the Gopi Podila Memorial Scholarship; and Leland Cseke, Ph.D., UAHuntsville biology professor.