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Graduate Students Highlights

The 2022 awards, publications, service and outreach flyer can be found here.

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2022 Award for Excellence in Teaching Elizabeth Chen, Nicole Curtis, Bhagyashree Ghag, Ryan Hemphill, Jasmine Hopkins, Massie Jones, Xinyuan Liu, Arthur Makarenko, Michael Roberts, Jamal Sheriff, Jamuna Tandukar, Justin Tutt
2022 Award for Excellence in Research Nicole Curtis, Katherine Fowler, Nicholas Glass, Sriivatsan Govinda Rajan, Xinghang Jiang, Allison Kemph, Mia Krout, Egor Syroegin, Rui Xiong
2022 Award for Excellence in Service Sriivatsan Govinda Rajan, Philip Johnson
2022 Diversity and Inclusion Award for Service Nicole Curtis
2022 Diversity and Inclusion Award for Mentoring Frances Crable

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Eric Andersson Ph.D. Students in Metabolomics" hosted by Womxn in Metabolomics (WomiX) in June 2021. Board member - BiosGSA Liaison for department recruitment events. Presented an overview of research for BIOS 532
Frances Crable Biological Sciences Diversity & Inclusion Committee member
Nicole Curtis Volunteered at the Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) spring conference in Chicago for middle school-aged girls interested in STEM, March 2022. Invited speaker for Loyola Marymount University’s Chemistry Seminar Series: Various Ways to Pursue a Gap Year: An Overview, September 24, 2021. Served as Near-Peer Mentor for the NSF-sponsored Research Experiences for Undergrads Macromolecular Structure and Function Program organized by Dr. Jeffery, Summer 2021
Katie Fowler Reviewer for Journal of Zoo & Aquarium Research. Skype-A-Scientist. Communications Committee for the International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology
Sriivatsan Govinda Rajan STEM mentor and volunteer for the mobile Saxena lab with the not-for-profit organization Project Exploration to increase interest in science for girls and minority students. Summer 2021
Philip Johnson Graduate Employees Organization Steward. Board member- BiosGSA

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Erik Andersson

  • World Microbe Forum (June 2021), Investigation of A Novel World Microbe Forum (June 2021), Investigation of A Novel Microbiome Function Using Metabolomics (virtual presentation)
  • Microbial Diversity Course Research Seminar, Marine Biological Laboratory (August 2021), Diazotrophic activity of symbiotic and aposymbiotic Astrangia poculata holobionts (in-person oral presentation)
  • Ecology and Evolution Seminar Series (April 2022), Impacts of a Novel Aquaculture Water Additive on the Sablefish Microbiome (in-person oral presentation)

Zahra Batool

  • Virtual poster presentation at EMBL Translational Control Conference 2021

Katherine Fowler

  • Fowler KJ, Santymire RM, Brown JS. A novel field method for preserving African lion (Panthera leo) fecal samples for noninvasive hormone analysis. Oral presentation at International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology meeting; 16 August 2021; Virtual. Winner for Best Student Presentation.
  • Santymire, RM, Fowler KJ, Murry M. Validating the use of dermal swabs in the marine sunfish (Mola mola). Oral presentation at International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology meeting; 16 August 2021; Virtual.

Nicholas Glass

  • Glass NT, Dias de Oliveira E, Drewniak B, Matamala R, Whelan CJ, Gonzalez-Meler MA. 2021. Root litter decomposition rates and impacts of drought are regulated by ecosystem legacy. Oral presentation at 2021 ESA Annual Meeting (virtual).

Allison Kemph

  • 2021 Midwest Drosophila Conference, Characterizing the composition and morphology of the germ plasm in the wasp Nasonia vitripennis, poster.
  • 63rd Annual Drosophila Conference, Characterizing the composition and morphology of the germ plasm in the wasp Nasonia vitripennis, poster

Yahya Najjar

  • Department of Biological Sciences Symposium Title: Understanding the Role(s) of Phenylpropanoids in the Cellular Stress Response, July 12, 2021

Jamal Sheriff

  • Invited speaker, How to Become a Scientist, Argonne ACT-SO program, October 2021

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