Gina M. Chaput, a Ph.D. candidate in the Microbiology Department and senior graduate student in the DeAngelis lab, has been awarded the 2015 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship. See our departmental newsletter for more information. Congratulations, Gina!
Apparently we had an exciting winter break! Gina Chaput, graduate student in the Microbiology graduate program, won a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research for her work on soil bacterial carbonosomes, complex subcellular structures that act as energy reserves of polymeric carbon to maintain the cell's viability under stress. The Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research program has a highly competitive application process and only approximately 15% of applicants receive any level of funding. Julia Schnabel, an undergraduate in Microbiology and the Commonwealth Honors College, won two competitive awards for her research over break: a Research Assistant Fellowship and an Honors Research Grant from the CHC for Spring 2016, to work on her thesis project on fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) analysis for identifying changes in microbial soil communities. Good work!
Congratulations to Grace Pold on achieving a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid award, for her project entitled "Quantifying the effect of experimental soil warming on numerically rare but ecologically dominant pathways of the nitrogen cycle."
With the start of fall semester, the lab is as big as it's ever been and we are happy to welcome our new members, and celebrate new accomplishments!