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2023 Commission for Disability Graduate Student Award

The Commission for Disability Graduate Student Award honors a graduate student who is a champion for support and recognition of people with disabilities.

Jillian Walton

Jillian Walton

Jillian Walton is a microbiology PhD candidate in Professor Alison Buchan’s lab. Her research focuses on investigating microbial polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon in marine environments. She recently was awarded the Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In addition, she is involved in disability and environmental advocacy.

What does being a Volunteer mean to you? How has UT empowered you to make a difference in a way you might not have imagined elsewhere?

“Being a Volunteer means giving your time and effort to the things you are passionate about. UT has given me the motivation and the resources to explore my passions in a way that benefits me professionally.”