Plant & Microbial Biology graduate students presented their research at the graduate program’s annual retreat on Friday. John presented an excellent talk on his work on biotic interactions and geographic range limits in Clarkia. Votes were cast after the symposium and John was the winner! Congrats John!
Eric Chu, a former undergraduate researcher in the lab (Summa cum laude with Honors), received the highly selective Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them for a career with the U.S. Department of State. Eric will attend Georgetown University for a Masters program in Global Human Development. After graduate school, Eric is interested in entering the Foreign Service, whose members serve the 265 U.S. diplomatic missions around the world.
Amanda heard news today that she was awarded a UMN Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship! This fellowship will cover her entire final year in graduate school. DDFs are awarded to the highest achieving graduate students at the University. Congrats Amanda!
John was awarded a Phinney Fellowship from the Plant and Microbial Biology Graduate Program for one semester of his final year in graduate school! John was recognized as one of the top students in his program with this award. Congrats JW!
Lex’s poster won a “People’s Choice Award” at the UMN Undergraduate Research Symposium. Lex’s poster described a resurrection experiment where she examined rapid adaptation to the California megadrought in Clarkia xantiana. John was her primary mentor on the project. Great job Lex!
Amanda has been chosen to receive the prestigious President’s Student Leadership & Service Award (PSLSA), which recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. It is presented to approximately one-tenth of one percent of the student body for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community. Congrats Amanda!
Lauren was offered, and accepted, a tenure-track faculty position at the University of Missouri. She will start at Columbia in January 2019. Congrats Lauren!!
John is one of 12 recipients of the 2018 Graduate Research Excellence Grant – Rosemary Grant Advanced Award (that’s a mouthful)! This research grant from the Society for the Study of Evolution enhances the scope of dissertation research for advanced PhD students. Congrats JW!
Lex and Adam, two undergraduate researchers in the lab, were chosen to receive research awards from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program at UMN. Lex is working with John on a resurrection experiment to test whether adaptation occurred in C. xantiana populations during the California megadrought. Adam is working with Amanda to quantify differentiation among common ragweed populations across the St. Louis metropolitan area, as a companion to work examining heterogeneity among populations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area.