Delaware State University's Dr. Melissa Harrington has received the 2013 Woman of the Year Award from the Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow (SMART) organization.
Harrington, professor of biological science and director of the Center for Biomedical Research Excellence, was presented the award at the SMART Women in Science and Technology Reception in the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on June 6.
Harrington has been a member in the department of biological sciences for 12 years. She was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and promoted to the rank of professor in August 2010. Since coming to DSU, she has been a principal investigator or co-PI on 19 research and infrastructure grants that have brought more than $20 million in federal funding to DSU.
She was honored as the Neuroscientist of the Year by the Delaware Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in molecular biology from Purdue University and a doctorate in neuroscience from Standford University.