Dr. Kristian Hargadon ’01 named a "rising star"

hargadonThanks to the nomination by a student, Biology Professor Kristian M. Hargadon ’01 has been honored with a Sigma Xi Fresh Faces of the 125th Anniversary Award. Sigma Xi is a society to honor excellence in scientific investigation and to encourage companionship and cooperation among researchers in the sciences and engineering. Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi has more than 60,000 members around the world.

The Fresh Faces of the 125th Anniversary Award recognizes 125 Sigma Xi members under the age of 35 that have shown promise in their respective field of study and dedicated contributions to the society. This past summer Osric Forrest ’12 nominated Dr. Hargadon for the award and Dean of the Faculty Robert Herdegen wrote a letter of support.

Since returning to Hampden-Sydney College as a professor in 2009, Dr. Hargadon has become very popular with the students. His demeanor is comfortable but professional and, as a graduate of the College, he has a great understanding of what it takes to be a science major on The Hill. While an undergraduate, he collaborated with researchers in the laboratory of Dr. Victor Engelhard at the University of Virginia, where he subsequently conducted his Ph.D. research on the induction of CD8+ cytotoxic T-cell responses to melanoma. His research during this time resulted in two publications in the peer-reviewed journals: The Journal of Immunology and Immunological Reviews. His work was also presented at a number of scientific conferences, including the International Congress of Immunology in Montreal, Canada, in 2004. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Hargadon joined the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Braciale at the University of Virginia for a postdoctoral fellowship. His love of research and teaching led him back to Hampden-Sydney where he has established his own research program and continues collaborating with, mentoring, and guiding undergraduate students.

Dr. Hargadon says, “To have been nominated by one of my students makes this recognition all the more rewarding. A major mission of Sigma Xi is the promotion of scientific research, and I feel very fortunate that Hampden-Sydney has afforded me the opportunity to train our next generation of research scientists.”