BGSA is proud to feature Courtney Culpepper, a Ph.D. student in Dr. Yuan Liu’s Lab at Georgia State University, who with her hard work and patience was awarded the prestigious F31 grant for her dissertation work. The F31 grant, provided by National Institutes of Health (NIH), enables promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research. The F31 is also used to enhance workforce diversity though a separate program. Courtney has received a diversity training grant supplement for Dr. Yuan Liu’s R01, and it will provide funds for the remaining three years of her Ph.D. Her project focusses on unveiling the mechanisms that govern the expansion of immuno-suppressive immature myeloid cells during chronic inflammation and how these cells can resolve inflammation and promote cancer. It’s a proud moment for GSU and BGSA since receiving grants is one the most important step in the ladder of a successful research. Courtney, at the age of 24, has achieved a great deal with this grant and through her research skills and determination, we are sure she will graduate with flying colors and make us all even prouder. Courtney is not only brilliant in academics, but also strives to be a part of co-curriculum activities which proves how versatile she is. She is a major part of the upcoming BGSA committee and we wish her good luck and extend our congratulations to her on her achievements.