First NPF Scholarship Award Winners Announced
Posted Friday, June 24, 2011

The Natural Products Foundation (NPF) has announce the recipients of the 2011 NPF Scholarship Fund at the Natural Products Association MarketPlace trade show on June 24, 2011 in Las Vegas: Lauren Atwell of Oregon State University and Linda Sousse of the University of Texas Medical Branch.

“The NPF Scholarship Fund has received strong applications from students across the country,” said NPF Chairman Derek Hall. “This is the first time NPF has awarded scholarships, and we are inspired by the dedication we’ve seen from applicants. After reviewing so many excellent candidates, NPF is pleased to select Ms. Atwell and Ms. Sousse as the first recipients from the fund.”

Lauren Atwell is currently enrolled in the Nutrition Graduate Program at Oregon State University as a Ph.D. candidate. Ms. Atwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a Master's degree in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Georgia. She plans to pursue a career in research, and her academic interests involve investigating the relationships between nutrition and cancer processes at the molecular level.

Currently, Ms. Atwell is researching a compound found in cruciferous vegetables, sulforaphane, and its effects on prostate cancer cells. Understanding cancer cell biology, testing gene-nutrient interactions, and uncovering cell signaling mechanisms are key elements to defining the relationships between nutrient metabolism and cancer. Her future research ambitions include study of nutrient and gene interactions in relation to cancer prevention and treatment. 

Linda Sousse recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas Medical Branch in March 2011. Ms. Sousse completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and attended a Master’s program in Business Administration at Texas A&M. She currently studies in the Department of Pathology, conducting research focusing on inhalation injury in burn victims.

On the strength of her dissertation work, she recently had two first author manuscripts accepted, focusing on oxidative stress and the arginase:nitric oxide synthase pathway. Ms. Sousse has presented research at two international and two national conferences:  International Society for Burn Injuries in Istanbul, Turkey in July 2010 and Trauma, Shock, Inflammation, and Sepsis in Munich, Germany in March 2010, as well as the American Burn Association in March 2010 and the Shock Society in June 2009.  She will be pursuing a post-doctorate education at the Linus Pauling Institute of Oregon State University.

NPF will once again open applications to the Scholarship Fund at the end of 2011 through early 2012. Individuals and companies interested in making a contribution to the Scholarship Fund, please visit: If you have any questions about the Scholarship Fund, or how you might become involved in NPF educational efforts, please direct questions to NPF Executive Director Deb Knowles: (202) 223-0101 ext. 115.

The Natural Products Foundation is chartered as a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation, and the mission of the organization is to promote and facilitate research and education related to natural products for the benefit of consumers and industry. For more information visit NPF online:


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