John wins best talk at PMB Graduate Program Retreat!

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!

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Eric Chu receives prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship!

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.

Lex wins poster award!

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 wins President’s Student Leadership and Service Award!

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!

Lex and Adam awarded UROPs for their independent research!

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.