Liam Hovey, an undergraduate major in the Shea laboratory, has been awarded the 2015 Montgomery Biochemistry Scholar’s Prize Award for his outstanding research accomplishments and excellent presentation at the Lata Symposium. This prize was established by mentees, colleagues and friends of Dr. Rex Montgomery, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biochemistry. Dr. Montgomery began his career at the University of Iowa in 1955, and is admired for his impact as a researcher, teacher and mentor. Dr. Montgomery is an internationally recognized carbohydrate biochemist and textbook author. While on the faculty, he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine, the Vice President of Research for the University and was the founding director of the University of Iowa Physician Assistant Program. Dr. Montgomery retired in 2005 after more than 50 years on the faculty.
Liam has presented his research twice at the Annual Biophysical Society Meetings, and twice at the Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics. He has received several awards for his scholarship and research including the national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, UI CLAS Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Fellowship, the Donald Burton Award in Chemistry, CLAS Dewey Stuit Award and ICRU Fellowships. He was selected to be the sole undergraduate speaking at the afternoon CLAS Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 16 (his talk can be seen here). This summer, he will be matriculating in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Washington in Seattle.