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Meera Sundaram, Associate Professor of Genetics, is the recipient of the 2013 graduate teaching Award from the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Sundaram came to Penn in 1997. Since her arrival she has been deeply committed to training graduate and medical students. Soon after her arrival at Penn she helped established the course CAMB 550 (Principles in Genetics) that covers material from basic genetic concepts in model organisms to human genetics. She has continuously directed this course, which still to this day serves as a core course requirement for PhD and MD/PhD students in the Genetics and Gene Regulation track of CAMB. Genetics courses are often feared and found to be difficult for most graduate students nationwide. Meera has worked to make CAMB 550 a rigorous course that clearly presents the material making it accessible and extremely well liked by the students. Soon after her arrival, she also helped establish CAMB 534, a seminar course in human disease modeling, that still today is one of the favorite elective courses for students in and outside of the CAMB graduate program. Meera is also the director of the Genetics predoctoral training grant that supports eight students each year that are performing research in the area of genetics. Whether in class, at a thesis committee meeting, or at a student seminar, Meera upholds high scientific standards that help students in our program to be rigorous in choosing their research projects and in investigating them experimentally. She has clearly had a positive impact on many of the students that have matriculated through the Genetics and Gene Regulation program and is regarded by students and her peers as one of the most rigorous yet supportive BGS teachers and mentors. Clearly she is a well-deserved recipient of this award. The Jane Glick Teaching Award was established in remembrance of Dr. Jane Glick, a member of CDB and a beloved educator and colleague, for her tireless dedication to the Biomedical Graduate Studies programs.