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Congratulations to Regina Fricton, the 2019 recipient of the Marcia Storch Award for Undergraduate Women

The Center for Reproductive Science recognizes Regina Fricton as recipient of the 2019 Marcia Storch Award for Undergraduate Women. Regina is currently an undergraduate student at Northwestern University, and this award will support her research in Dr. Monica Laronda's laboratory: Do cortical and medullary stromal cells of the bovine ovary produce different ECM and associated proteins?”

This award is named in honor of Dr. Marcia Storch.  Dr. Storch, who practiced gynecology in New York City and taught at several medical schools, was widely regarded as a pioneer and innovator in women's health care. She directed the Adolescent Gynecology and Family Planning Clinic at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, which provided treatment as well as information on birth control and sexually transmitted diseases to tens of thousands of disadvantaged teenagers. After her retirement from private practice in 1989, she sought a wider audience for her approach to medicine as a television and radio producer. She created specialized programming for family physicians on the Lifetime medical network, and later became the head of Ob/Gyn news for the Medical News Network. 

Before her death from ovarian cancer in 1998, Dr. Storch expressed her desire to establish a scholarship fund through the Center for Reproductive Science to encourage undergraduate women to study the basic physiology and biochemistry of the ovary. The CRS has established a scholarship fund in the name of Dr. Marcia Storch. This award is open to all undergraduate women working in the laboratories of CRS faculty.

Regina Fricton’s passion for female reproductive biology and fertility preservation is impressive, and we look forward to hearing updates on her innovative research. Receiving this award will allow Regina to continue to work in the Laronda Lab for the remainder of the school year. She would like to tackle additional follow-up questions regarding her research, such as: are more replicates needed to show statistical significance or is there something fundamentally different about the cultured cells that produces different results from an intact ovary? These funds will also support the purchase of materials for her project including bovine ovaries, RNA isolation kits, qPCR primers, qPCR TaqMan reagents and plates. Dr. Monica Laronda has seen significant growth in Regina’s ability in the lab, “I am confident that Regina will achieve the aims of her proposal and continue her career development, and I am excited to provide this opportunity in support of her future goals.” Regina is thankful for the many relationships she has built while working in the Laronda Lab. Regina stated, “Working in the Laronda lab has impacted my scientific career and professional development because it has sparked my interest in female reproductive biology and fertility preservation, a field I was not previously familiar with. In addition to learning more about these topics, working in the Laronda Lab has enabled the development of my scientific process and critical thinking skills. I was able to have almost full autonomy over my project which aided in my time management and organizational skills.”