Two Biology graduate students placed in the University-wide 3-Minute Thesis Competition. Jessica Heppard, working on her Master’s degree with Dr. Rich Buchholz, won first place in the Master’s student category, while Bram Stone, working on his Ph.D. with Dr. Colin Jackson, came in second place in the Ph.D. student category. As part of the competition, graduate students explain their research in 3 minutes, using a single PowerPoint slide. Jessica’s presentation can be seen at https://youtu.be/hD2fA-uEG2A and Bram’s presentation can be seen at https://youtu.be/ncWYgKRDQPI.
Ehlana took 2nd place in the best student paper competition at the American Fisheries Society Meeting in Oxford this past week. Her presentation, “Analyzing leap characteristics and burst speeds of Silver Carp, Hypopthalmichthys molitrix using in situ video analysis” was up against stiff competition.
Sarah Amonett, an M.S. student in Dr. Susan Balenger’s lab, has been awarded research grants from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology and the North American Bluebird Society. These awards are highly competitive and will help pay for research supplies related to Sarah’s thesis project, “Maternal antibody transmission against a novel pathogen in Eastern Bluebirds.”
Brooke Sykes, an M.S. student in Dr. Susan Balenger’s lab, has been awarded a research grant from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology. This award is highly competitive and will help pay for supplies related to Brooke’s thesis project, “The effects of nest heat manipulation on development, physiology, and parasitism in the Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis).”
Stephanie Burgess, a PhD Candidate in Dr. Ryan Garrick's lab, has received a NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award. The award will fund her attendance at the International Association of Landscape Ecologists Conference in Chicago this April. Stephanie will also be presenting her research on landscape genetics at the conference.