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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

 

 

Eight undergraduate students receive travel awards from the Genetics Society of America

 

BETHESDA, MD – The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to name the recipients of the GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards for summer/fall 2014. These awards promote excellence in undergraduate research and education by providing financial assistance for undergraduate members to present their research at a GSA conference.

 

“It’s inspiring to see the quality of research conducted by our undergraduate members,” noted GSA Executive Director Adam Fagen, PhD. “We look forward to hearing more about their findings at an upcoming GSA conference and to following these talented scientists as they continue in their careers.”

 

The winners of the GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards for summer/fall 2014 are:

 

Ann Aindow, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Research focus: "I use biochemical and genetic methods to study the phospho-regulation of the alpha-arrestin Rod1 and its role in the down-regulation of the mating pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae."
Travel to: 2014 GSA Yeast Genetics Meeting

Mentor: Jeremy Thorner

Sarah Cossey, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA
Research focus: "I am interested in cellular signaling and its role in the evolution of multicellularity."
Travel to: GSA 16th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas

Mentor: Bradley Olson

Nicole Delos Santos, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Research focus: "My research demonstrates that treating tadpoles of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis, with a common ingredient found in household products results in developmental problems and a reduced ability for tadpoles to heal wounds and regrow tails."
Travel to: GSA 15th International Xenopus Conference

Mentor: Kelly Ai-Sun Tseng

Pui Shan Hung, University of Toronto, Canada
Research focus: "I am screening for a complete set of genes responsible for ploidy maintenance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae." 
Travel to: 2014 GSA Yeast Genetics Meeting

Mentor: Tina Sing; Grant Brown

Spencer Keil, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL, USA
Research focus: "I study how signaling pathways affect the boundary alignment of prospective central nervous system structures in early stages of development."
Travel to: GSA 11th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics

Mentor: Isaac Skromne

Alex Murphy, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, USA
Research focus: “I am interested in how an extra chromosome in a cell, generated by a common mistake in cell division, affects how that cell can function, and I’m using brewer’s yeast as a model organism to pursue this question.”
Travel to: 2014 GSA Yeast Genetics Meeting

Mentor: Kirk Anders

Benjamin Walker, Roanoke College, Salem, VA, USA
Research focus: "My research tests the effects of estrogen on the development of facial cartilage in zebrafish (Danio rerio)."
Travel to: GSA 11th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics

Mentor: Christopher Lassiter

Mun Hong Yong, University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA
Research focus: "I am studying the response to abnormal chromosome number in wild yeast isolates."
Travel to: 2014 GSA Yeast Genetics Meeting

Mentor: Kelly Ai-Sun Tseng

 

The GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards are one of several awards made by the GSA to early-career researchers. Applicants must be GSA members, and successful applicants may use their funds to support travel to one of GSA’s conferences on genetics research in a variety of model organisms. For more information on these awards, including criteria and previous winners, please see http://www.genetics-gsa.org/awards/undergraduate_awards.shtml.

 

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About the Genetics Society of America (GSA)

Founded in 1931, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) is the professional scientific society for genetics researchers and educators. The Society’s more than 5,000 members worldwide work to deepen our understanding of the living world by advancing the field of genetics, from the molecular to the population level. GSA promotes research and fosters communication through a number of GSA-sponsored conferences including regular meetings that focus on particular model organisms. GSA publishes two peer-reviewed, peer-edited scholarly journals: GENETICS, which has published high quality original research across the breadth of the field since 1916, and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, an open-access journal launched in 2011 to disseminate high quality foundational research in genetics and genomics. The Society also has a deep commitment to education and fostering the next generation of scholars in the field. For more information about GSA, please visit www.genetics-gsa.org.

 

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