The Barbara E. Crute Memorial Internship honors the memory of biologist Barbara E. Crute, Ph.D. Barbara Crute epitomized an ideal research scientist. Noted for her generosity, cooperative spirit, academic aptitude, and strong work ethic, she improved every laboratory in which she worked. She mentored WISP interns and guided numerous other undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows throughout her Dartmouth research career.
Barbara Ethlyn Crute was born January 15, 1964, in Mount Vernon, New York. She earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and as well as a Masters degree in Biology with a specialization in Biochemistry. She earned her doctoral degree in Biochemistry from the Dartmouth Medical School in 1997 and remained in the department as a post-doctoral fellow and then research associate.
In addition to being a talented and dedicated scientist, she found much in life to enjoy outside of science. She was a gifted flutist and enjoyed baking, crafts, photography, crocheting, knitting, science fiction, music, art, travel, and collecting antiques. She built her own cabin from the ground up and spent the seasons hiking, jogging, cross-country skiing or just walking in the woods or gardening. She hiked and backpacked with family and friends throughout the continental U.S. as well as in Alaska, Scotland, England, Germany, and Switzerland. On the fourteenth of September, 1999, Dr Barbara Ethelyn Crute unexpectedly collapsed and died as she reached the summit of Killington Mountain in Vermont. She was just thirty-five years old.
The 2020 winner of the Barbara E. Crute Memorial Award is:
Maia Madison '23
Characterization of a conserved epitope in influenza B hemagglutinin